Music: Greens candidate Mitchell Bresser and Damion Stirling from Sol studios at the Live on the Green event in McCabe Park, Wollongong.Picture: ADAM McLEANThe Illawarra Greens deviated from standard election time traditions of kissing babies and pressing flesh – they created a one-day music and arts festival to win over votes.
Organised by Wollongong Greens candidate Mitchell Bresser, Live on the Green attracted hundreds to MacCabe park with local live music, art showcases and gourmet food.
The Saturday afternoon festival advocated for more arts and music opportunities in the Illawarra with a particular focus on reviving live music.
“We need more funding and support to create opportunities for the community to experience and participate in live music and art,” said Mr Bresser.
“I want to see more community art projects in areas like Port Kembla and Warrawong, which have been deprived of such opportunities.”
In line with his election platform, Mr Bresser urged the state government to free up funding for the arts and to streamline grant application processes.
“We are calling for a simplification of grant applications and greater coordination with state and local government, venues, musicians and police,” he said.
“The Wollongong Live Music Task Force, and submissions made to it, suggested some excellent ways to improve the local music industry. The state government can help implement some of these proposals,” Mr Bresser said.
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