Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp has today announced that a Daley Labor Government will provide $14 million toward the redevelopment of the Newcastle Art Gallery.
Mr Crakanthorp has been working to secure an extension for the Newcastle Art Gallery since 2012 when he was a Councillor on Newcastle City Council.
The Newcastle Art Gallery collection is valued at close to $100 million however due to the Liberal and Nationals refusal to upgrade the facility, it is currently only able to display around two per cent of its collection.
The redevelopment will allow the Newcastle Art Gallery to support local tourism and education opportunities and showcase Newcastle to the world.
This is in contrast to the Berejiklian Government spending almost $760 million on five projects in the Sydney CBD while Newcastle misses out.
Daley Labor believes the arts should be for all of NSW, not just for an elite within a three-kilometre radius of the Sydney CBD.
This announcement forms part of an extensive arts and cultural policy announced this week.
Quotes attributable to Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp
“The Newcastle Art Gallery redevelopment is a fantastic project that will deliver jobs, tourism and strengthen the cultural fabric of Newcastle.”
“I have been fighting for funding in the Newcastle Art Gallery since I was a Councillor and am so pleased to be able to secure this a future Daley Labor Government.”
“No longer will Newcastle miss out. The regional funding will fix the error that has left Newcastle out of the grants criteria under the Liberal Government.”
“Soon we will have a five start hotel calling the city home and we need a five start gallery to match it.”