Thursday, 1 March 2018

Tasmanian State Election

The state election is almost upon us. How would you vote based on the policies of the major parties that may have direct impact on your work? Let’s take a look.

Action from the national office

Alex Marsden the National Director of Museums Galleries Australia wrote to all the main players (Liberals, Labor, Greens, Jacquie Lambie Network) asking what specific plans and commitments [they] are intending to make that will strengthen Tasmania’s museums and galleries and better enable them to serve both their local communities and the state. Despite not one party replying Alex did manage to tell each about:

1. The value of arts, culture, creativity and heritage to Tasmania
2. Strategic state investments such as digital access to the full range of collections large and small
3. The importance of efforts to disaster-proof our arts and heritage institutions and communities.

For the full letter see here and thank you for the advocacy on our behalf.

Extracts from the published policies of 

the Tasmanian Liberals, Labor and Greens 

Tasmanian Liberals

From The Arts Policy 

Provide $2m for a Screen Innovation Fund to back key strategically important projects for Tasmania’s screen sector. Up to 25% of funding will be earmarked for new, innovative, proof-of concept productions, not limited to any particular medium. 

Provide $1 million funding for a new highly-interactive children’s exhibition at TMAG

Match funds raised by TMAG’s Foundation on a dollar for dollar basis, up to $50,000 per annum for four years. 

Match funds raised by the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) Foundation on a dollar for dollar basis, up to $50,000 per annum for four years. Should either QVMAG or TMAG not reach their $50,000 pa target, the remaining funds could be made available to the other institution, should they exceed their own fundraising goal.

Provide $80,000 per annum over three years to support the representation of Tasmanian galleries at Sydney Contemporary and Melbourne Art Fair, offsetting the considerable cost of participation. This funding will be provided by way of competitive assessment to galleries wishing to participate (overseen by Arts Tasmania), and be subject to the curatorial decisions of Sydney Contemporary and Melbourne Art Fair. Galleries currently eligible to participate in the Collect Art Purchase Scheme will be able to apply.

The Department of State Growth to facilitate a Tasmania-focused, VIP trade event that would promote wider, complementary sectors of our State including food, wine and tourism, jointly hosted by the represented galleries.

From Revitalising Tasmania’s Unique Heritage Places Policy

Administered by the Tasmanian Development Board, in collaboration with the Heritage Council of Tasmania, the Heritage Renewal Loans Scheme will offer low interest loans for work that reinvigorates heritage properties in Tasmania.

Allocate up to $10 million for loans of $50,000 up to $1.5 million. The maximum loan terms will be up to five years, will longer terms up to 10 years considered on a case by case basis. A variable concessional interest rate will apply.

A new $4 million Events Attraction Fund. To enable Events Tasmania to actively target and secure mass-participation events. Recent examples include the Ulysses AGM and the AFL Masters.

$12 million to Tourism Tasmania to supplement marketing Tasmania to the world in the five years to 2022. Focus on High Value Traveller.

From Cradle Mountain Experience Policy

$30 million into a Cradle Mountain cable-way, ensuring visitors have all-year, all-weather access to Dove Lake.

Open an EOI process within 100 days

Invest $5 million to develop a sensitive and appropriate iconic tourism experience with the private sector.

Offer a discounted cable-way ticket system for Tasmanians.

Tourism and Heritage Rail Policy

Establish an annual Tourism and Heritage Rail weekend with access provided to the Tasmanian operational rail network for accredited Tasmanian railway organisations such as the Tasmanian Transport Museum Society (TTMS), Don River Railway and the Derwent Valley Railway Inc. 

Facilitate more access to non-operational rail for Tasmanian tourism and heritage rail operators

Facilitate access for the Derwent Valley Rail organisation to a section of the Derwent Valley Line in the vicinity of New Norfolk Station, between two road crossings. Access to this section of rail will be for rail reconstruction purposes. $25,000 to the Derwent Valley Rail organisation to enable planning work to get the rail reconstruction underway.

Require TasRail to reinstall level crossing equipment to allow the Tasmanian Transport Museum Society (TTMS) access track north of the TTMS headquarters at Glenorchy Station. $25,000 to the TTMS to finalise its accreditation process with the National Rail Safety Regulator and commence planning works.

From Libraries Policy

Re-naming LINC Tasmania to Libraries Tasmania

Invest $3 million in contemporary Library resources

From Iconic Walks Policy

 $20 million for iconic multi-day, hut-based walk. Conduct feasibility studies into possible walk sites, including: Freycinet Peninsula; South West Conservation Area; The Walls of Jerusalem; The Tarkine ; Southwest National Park (Federation Peak and the Geeves Effect).

Feasibility studies and business cases, with $500,000 over 2018-19, with $1 million for the necessary track survey work and approvals in 2019-20, before starting design and construction of the successful next iconic multi-day walk in 2020-2021

Tasmanian Labor

From The Arts Policy

Increase the investment and grant funds to Screen Tasmania to $1.3 million a year, an increase of $500,000. This allows for grant funding for smaller productions and experimental projects that help to build local content and local skills.

Restore funding to Tasmanian film festivals that are unable to attract Events Tasmania funding.

Provide greater resources to develop and support regional artists in Tasmania, through a $100,000 industry development service, ensuring artists receive the support they required to develop and deliver greater outcomes for the community

Boost arts grant funding by $1 million a year to increase Individual arts grants, including Artsbridge and touring funding and working with local governments to help promote art in public places by providing matching funding to a maximum of $20,000 from the State Government

Support the retention of Wide Angle Tasmania as the independent hub for filmmakers with $100,000 a year in funding

From Regional Policy

Apply a Ten Year Regional Tourism Strategy bringing together the tourism industry, all levels of government and the University of Tasmania in a connected platform to enhance the research capability of the sector and to more effectively utilise the data for product development and innovation

Invest $8 million dollars to construct new walker huts, renovate existing huts and enhance visitor services.on The Overland Track Revitalisation Project. Impose a modest price increase to provide a full return on its investment.

Allocate $15 million to unleash significant private sector investment in the development of the new Cradle Mountain transport and visitor infrastructure. To provide the most sustainable transport experience for visitors and have the least impact on the natural values of the Park.

Establish a $50 million regional infrastructure investment fund and deliver a strategic framework for future investment in regional tourism.

Develop The ‘Tasmanian Traveller’ Program using the existing expertise of Tourism Tasmania, Regional tourism organisations and local governments supported by public – private funding partnerships over ten years. This program is specifically designed to improve the visitor experience for visitors using campers, motor homes, caravans and motorcycles by tailoring designated touring routes incorporating customised camping facilities.

Develop new and developing markets through the Community and Cultural Journey’s Project via targeting difficult to access areas in small communities offering limited visitor experiences. Tourism Tasmania will work collaboratively with regional bodies and local communities eager to tell their story in a unique and connected way.

Dvelop the Styx/Giants treehouse trail incorporating one, two or more nights aloft in the forest taken after exploring the tracks and trails of the Styx and Florentine. Tourism Tasmania will collaborate with individuals and local stakeholder groups, including timber communities and environmental organisations, to attract public and private investment.

$3 million over five years to fund the establishment of new tourist rail experiences.

From NorthernTasmania Policy

Commit $115 million in new investment to transform Launceston into the smartest city in Australia.

From the ‘..much more’ assortment of policies

$450,000 to establish a Maritime Heritage Centre at Franklin as part of a working maritime precinct. The centre will enhance Franklin’s cultural tourism potential, showcase Tasmania’s valuable special timber industry and tell the story of the region’s rich boat building history.

Pilot a small grants program coordinated by Volunteering Tasmania, and to form part of National Volunteer Week to enable volunteer involving organisations to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to support, develop and engage with volunteers. (Cost: $100,000)

Tasmanian Greens

Society and Culture

1. preserving and promoting what is of both ancient and modern significance as a holistic approach to understanding Tasmania’s present culture;

2. strengthening the Arts as a vibrant sector in our society, by promoting arts and creative industries as a source of employment;

3. supporting Aboriginal and ethnic arts as an expression of the cultural richness of Tasmanian society;

4. ensuring the continued existence of a resident professional symphony orchestra as essential to the community life of Tasmania;

5. providing and maintaining incentives and support for innovative and experimental projects and projects with special significance in re-building and re-enforcing the identity of particular communities;

 6. supporting the adequate resourcing of the regional arts community in Tasmania, and promote recognition that arts programs are essential to community wellbeing and diversity in regional areas;

7. encouraging the involvement of local art and design in all aspects of Tasmanian development;

8. encouraging creativity in schools, at work, and in leisure;

9. identifying and co-ordinate through consultation with artists and the community, those areas needing major support and development in specific art forms throughout the state.

The Economy

10. providing resources, infrastructure and training to support all arts disciplines;

11. supporting professional development for artists to examine and promote the commercial potential of their industry;

12. supporting a local sustainable furniture and craft industry;

13. creating an independent, viable, local publishing industry to foster a Tasmanian literary culture, funded through sales but with state support, run as an incorporated body.

Excellence and Innovation

14. organising public and corporate support for competitions, scholarships, prizes, awards, honours, exhibitions, galas and festivals appropriate to diverse art forms and particular communities;

15. working with the local and national film, television and radio institutes to make training available in this state;

16. strengthening intellectual property rights of artists. 

Promotion and Marketing 

17. providing specific opportunities for young people and for emerging artists;

18. developing strategies to promote outstanding work to patrons, audiences and markets locally, interstate and overseas;

19. continuing the ‘10 Days on the Island Festival’ funding from the government Arts portfolio, but with further private sponsorship to meet clean, green criteria as well as community and artists' expectations.


20. ensuring that the state curriculum does not erode the importance of the arts in comparison to other learning areas, and that its integrity is not undermined;

21. promoting specific schemes where the talents and skills of disabled artists, musicians, performers and writers are valued.

In passing

This exercise was recently undertaken by the Environmental Defenders Office in relation to their areas of interest and circulated via our Facebook page with a commendation to check out Aboriginal Heritage and Parks and Reserves 


The EDO also had a nice disclaimer which also goes for this post…

‘We’ve tried to be as comprehensive as possible, but can’t guarantee we haven’t missed anything. Commitments are based on published commitments only. This not an endorsement of any policies or an assessment of the effectiveness or reliability of any promises made by the parties.’ Hear hear.

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