The announcement of the 2014 Boomerang Festival not going ahead demonstrates the critical importance of arts funding to maintain a vibrant arts and cultural sector. Without government backing in the modern world we will never be able to just depend on the input of the private sector to ensure the flourishing of the arts.
Arts and culture are an expression of who we are as people. The arts provide colour, meaning and vibrancy to our lives. Without it we are in danger of being defined as merely economic units in a cold and lacklustre world. I hope for a government that understands this fact. I hope for a government that supports the arts.
Byron Shire Cr Paul Spooner