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Does Canberra’s biggest cover band need a bigger bung of cash?

By johnboy - 22 August 2012 0

The Liberals’ Vicki Dunne has decided it’s time she told the Federales how to spend their money.

Specifically she wants more Commonwealth money for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra:

ACT Shadow Arts Minister Vicki Dunne will today call on the Legislative Assembly to support a motion which calls on the Federal Government to increase funding for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO). Mrs Dunne said it is time for the Federal Government to recognise the importance of the orchestra for the nation’s capital.

“Since its establishment in 1950, the CSO has had a proud history and strong community support. But it was not until 2007 that the CSO received any Commonwealth funding,” Mrs Dunne said.

“In 2007, the CSO received $100,000 from the Commonwealth and it has remained at that level since, effectively reducing its value each year.

“By comparison, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra received almost $5.9 million in 2011 and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra received $6.2 million.

“More funding could secure the CSO’s role as the orchestra of Australia’s national capital, taking the nation’s capital to the world, and bringing the world to the nation’s capital.

“The government can do much more to promote the orchestra and its potential to the Commonwealth. Today, in the Assembly, I will propose a motion that calls on the government to do that.

I’m sure we’d all like more free money for lots of projects.

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