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Wollongong music conservatorium ‘short changed’

Conservatorium of Music, Glennifer Brae, Wollongong. PHOTO: Desination Wollongong.

Conservatorium of Music, Glennifer Brae, Wollongong. PHOTO: Desination Wollongong.

THE Wollongong Conservatorium of Music receives three times less funding from the State Government than what the Newcastle Conservatorium.

The NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli released figures in response to questions raised by State MP for Keira Ryan Park and local community members.

Mr Park said he was shocked with the difference between the levels of funding for the two conservatoriums and said he intended to continue to lobby the NSW Government in the lead up to the Budget to increase the funding level for the Wollongong Conservatorium.

Last year Wollongong received around $340,000 annually in comparison to Newcastle’s $985,000.

“The Conservatorium is a highly respected organisation within the region and has produced many fine students whom have gone on to enjoy successful careers both nationally and internationally,” Mr Park said.

Mr Park said he had been contacted by local residents who were seeking advice on how and to what level the two Conservatoriums were funded but he and locals were dismayed at the large gap between them.

“To have such a discrepancy between Wollongong and Newcastle is simply unfair and I am urging the Government to increase its support for the Wollongong Conservatorium,” Mr Park said.

“I will certainly be making my feelings known when NSW Parliament resumes next week that this facility needs an urgent boost in funding to ensure it continues to provide the wonderful opportunities to local students,” he said.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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