IF there are two things Fremantle is well known for, they are its arts and sporting culture.
With strong historical ties and big name exports, State Government funding for grassroots sport and the arts can be the difference between success and capitulation for many organisations. It is an issue that will be at the forefront of local voters’ minds when they take to the polls next month.
City of Fremantle community development director Fiona Hodges said State Government funding was always an important contributor to the local sports and art culture and helped to keep it thriving and relevant.
“State Government funding to arts and sport programs in the City of Fremantle greatly contributes to the range of facilities and activities we can support as a local government,” she said.
“Funding received through initiatives including the Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund has helped the City improve many grassroots facilities over the years and encourage participation.
“State Government funding is vital to the viability of many City-managed and local, independent art programs in Fremantle including the Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle International Street Arts Festival, Artsource, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and artists exhibiting at PSAS and the Moores Building.
“Support received through Department of Culture and the Arts, Lotterywest, Tourism WA and other state departments is essential to maintain Fremantle’s renowned status as a city for artists enjoyed by tourists and the community.”