Ministerial Statement The Arts in the Northern Territory Hon. Shane L. Stone Minister for Arts 31 August 1994
Tabled Paper 105
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r 10 The paper requested Council to consider a response to emerging regional development and urban design agendas which account for the role of cultural development. I have written to municipal, shire and community Councils throughout the Territory seeking their consideration and support of the strategies. I particularly welcome the recent initiative of the Darwin City Council, which has resulted in the development of an arts and cultural policy. There are some in local government who would take the view that this is not their responsibility but rather the responsibility of State governments. I do not share that view and indeed am strongly of the persuasion that local government has a very definite responsibility in this area including the funding of arts groups and individuals. In line with a recent Government commitment, a toll free telephone line has been installed within the Office of the Arts for use by Territorians outside of Darwin to overcome inequities in access to information and advice.
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