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Arts disbandment slammed
Arts Minister Joy Burch has
defended regionalising the ACT
Community Arts Office.
THE ACT Government has come
under fire for its decision to disband
specific arts advocacy positions for
people from diverse and disadvantaged
The Government has made the
decision on the back of the Loxton
Review into arts in the ACT, which
had a recommendation to regionalise
the community arts sector. Arts Minis-
ter Joy Burch said rather than having
community arts officers based in Civic
with a specialised focus on indigenous
people, people with a disability and
people from a multicultural back-
ground, the Government would be
looking to put that resource into the
regions and fund general arts officers
in Tuggeranong and Belconnen.
The move has been criticised by the
office and the ACT Greens with
concerns it will leave the Territory
without an arts advocacy service for
people from diverse and disadvantaged
In a statement released last week,
the ACT Community Arts Office said
the move would impact significantly
on access and equity in the arts, and on
cultural development in Canberra.
''De-Funding ACAO will effective-
ly leave Canberra without an arts
advocacy service for people from
diverse and disadvantaged communi-
ties,'' the statement read.
''The changes will mean four arts
professionals; a strategic manager,
Indigenous arts officer, ArtsAbility
officer and Multicultural arts officer
will no longer be employed to reduce
barriers to participation in the arts and
promote inclusion for high-need sec-
tors of our community.''
Greens Multicultural Affairs and
Disability spokeswoman Amanda
Bresnan said it was wrong for the
Government to make this decision on
the basis of the Loxton Review's
recommendation to decentralise the
''The Loxton Review did not rec-
ommend getting rid of arts officers that
have a real value to disadvantaged,
indigenous and multicultural com-
munities,'' she said.
''These officers helped people in
these communities overcome barriers
and do something proactive and
become more involved in the Canberra
community. I can't believe the Gov-
ernment is getting rid of something so
Ms Bresnan said she did not believe
a general arts officer would be able to
have the same success as a specialised
''These officers have built up skills
to work with these different areas of
the community and we are going to
lose these skills,'' she said.
Ms Burch said the redeployed arts
officers would support the centres to
deliver inclusive arts program for the
regions, and there would be a
14-month transition to the new model.
She said they would continue to have
a focus on inclusiveness as part of their
brief. ''What we are moving towards is
a more inclusive model whereby our
regional arts centres are able to
incorporate the work previously done
out of Civic by the Community Arts
Office into the programs and services
they offer,'' she said. ''We will work
with the community arts office over
the next 12 months -- through the latter
part of this year and over the next year
-- setting up a model and making sure
that they are integrated into a regional
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