21 July, 2009

Perth Museum Cutbacks

From the ABC

Museum closures 'don't equal dullsville'

Posted Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:14pm AEST

The Arts and Culture Minister, John Day, says Perth is not one step closer to becoming 'dullsville', despite an announcement its museums will close for one day each week.

Seven museums around WA will close on Wednesdays from August, in an effort to meet the Government's 3 per cent efficiency targets.

It will save the sector an estimated $350,000-a-year.

Mr Day says while the opening hours are being stripped back, the Government is focused on providing the city with new facilities.

"We are actually putting a lot of effort and quite a large amount of funds into producing better cultural facilities around Perth," he said.

"We are putting quite a lot of effort into upgrading cultural facilities and one of the ways of managing the situation is simply to change the opening hours on a trial basis."

He says about $13 million has been set aside.

"In this year's Budget to commence the planning for a major new museum facility and also to bring down the old asbestos-ridden building on the main Perth museum site," he said.


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