Concern over state government arts funding

Parramatta councillors have called on the state government to provide "equity in arts funding" across Sydney.

A performer from the Peking Opera.

A performer from the Peking Opera.

A July 14 motion by independent councillor Andrew Wilson stated Sydney CBD companies had been "radically" favoured in the government's 2014/15 budget for its arts and cultural development program.

"I'd just like a bit more equity in arts funding," Cr Wilson said.

"We have a premier who is listening to western Sydney, I think now is a good time to ask.

"We've been told our heritage is very important and that the state government is looking at that, I think it's time we tested that out."

Cr Wilson's motion stated that arts funding for Parramatta had suffered a "net decrease" after inflation after the state government announced in June it would allocate the sector the same amount as it did in its 2013/14 budget.

Cr Wilson said most of the support for western Sydney came from the arts and cultural development program, which after inflation, would see its funding drop from $51 million in 2013/14 to $48 million.

The motion stated much of this money is committed to existing companies and therefore "radically favours the CBD of Sydney".