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Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Albany and Esperance will host performances by the State Theatre Company of South Australia, which will bring its upcoming tour of The Popular Mechanicals to regional WA courtesy of a Federal Government grant.

Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said a grant of $248,867, allocated under the Playing Australia Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund, would give O’Connor’s regional centres greater exposure to high-quality theatre.

“Because of their isolation, it’s hard for regional communities to enjoy the same access to cultural activities like performing arts that you might see in a major city,” Mr Wilson said.

“The Government’s investment through Playing Australia means performing arts and orchestral groups can expand their itinerary and visit more regional towns and cities while touring.

“It’s good to see that investment will bring the State Theatre Company of SA to some of our major centres in O’Connor and I’m sure each community will relish the opportunity to see its latest production.“

Playing Australia supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia with funding of more than $6 million a year.

The fund is administered by the Australia Council and provides grants to support the net touring costs associated with a national tour – there is no limit on the amount that can be requested.

Those grants generally provide support by helping to cover interstate net touring costs, including freight, transport, accommodation and travel allowances outside of the home state, and through contributions towards tour coordination expenses.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.