Support arts and tourism to recover | Victorian Budget 22/23

From local music venues and small tour operators to major events that bring tens of thousands of people to Victoria.

When visitors stopped and the curtains drew back, Victorians who relied on these industries took a real hit.

That is why, with this budget, we are continuing to help our arts and tourism industries get back on their feet.

We invest $17 million to restore and improve access to a range of iconic heritage and tourist sites across the state, including Werribee Park Mansion, Point Nepean Forts and Lighthouses at Cape Otway, Cape Schanck, Point Hicks and Wilsons Promontory.

Investing in creative industries

The Victorian Government has always stood up for Victoria’s creative industries.

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve supported artists with measures like Victoria Together, which has helped connect Victorians and put creative talent to work through online content and music.

This budget invests $246 million to help our creative industries bounce back even stronger than before.

He understands $6 million in affordable creative spaces for artists and activating underutilized spaces run by local governments for local artists and creatives.

And the Go West Festivals Fund will commission stage performances and support the jobs of artists from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, taking the arts sector in our western suburbs to a whole new level.

This will help maintain and grow jobs that provide the world-class creative experiences that Victorians and visitors come to enjoy in our state.

It will also ensure that Australia’s cultural capital continues to support and encourage emerging local artists and performers.

Investing in Victoria’s Cultural Institutions

More visitors to Victoria means more jobs for Victorians.

We boost Victoria’s creative industries by helping our galleries, museums and arts centers do what they do best: put on a show.

With this budget, the Government of Victoria is investing $127 million in arts organizations and cultural institutions in Victoria to be vibrant and strong employers and accelerate business recovery.

This includes $32 million in funding to help support the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

This will fund summer programming and the NGV Triennial, bringing major new exhibits and major tourism numbers to our state.

And with this budget, Victorians can look forward to visiting our outstanding exhibitions and visitor experiences for many years to come, with a $17 million a creative infrastructure package that will fund repairs, restoration and planning for some of our state’s best theaters and galleries, creating local jobs in construction and trades.

This includes improvements for Theater Works and National Theater St Kilda, Castlemaine Art Museum, Footscray Community Arts Center and planning for Tarneit Performing Arts Center and Dandenong Arts Precinct.

Invest in tourism

The Government of Victoria supports Victoria’s tourism economy with $111 million to attract more tourists and promote Victoria to the world.

These initiatives will boost our tourism industry as international borders reopen and our visitor economy rebounds. They will support more tourism, lodging and hospitality jobs in every corner of the state.

A $2.6 million the investment will continue to attract a pipeline of national trade events to Melbourne and greater Victoria. These events play a critical role in supporting local jobs and the state’s economic recovery during slow seasons.

Moreover, the $4.4 million The Events Recovery and Support Program will restore Victoria’s world-class event calendar as we recover from the pandemic.

We also fund small to medium sized community events in Greater Melbourne, to help neighborhoods and local communities come together after so much time apart.

Support for tourist operators

This budget provides funds for the Emerald Tourist Railway, including the implementation of the Puffing Billy Master Plan. This will support the continued attraction of tourists to the railway and sustain local jobs.

The funding will also allow the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center to relaunch its operations this year, offering more events with a strong workforce.

Funding of $5 million is provided to assist in the sustainable management of Victoria’s alpine resorts, ensuring that they can continue to be enjoyed by the community.

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