Newcastle Art Gallery a priority project for the Greens

Newcastle Art GalleryThe Greens candidate for the Federal electorate of Newcastle Michael Osborne has thrown his support behind the controversial redevelopment of the city’s art gallery.

Supporters of the art gallery say this time last year the $21 million dollar project was all but funded, with state Newcastle MP Tim Owen promising he would get the money. But, after the State Government failed to commit $7 million, the project lost its Federal funding, and council last week decided to redirect its funds if the development does not go ahead within six months.

Today the Greens candidate Michael Osborne signed a document pledging his support.

Art Gallery CommitmentArt gallery supporter Cathy Tate says Councillor Osborne and the ALP candidate have agreed that, if elected on Saturday, they will do everything they can to secure the funding that is needed.

“We’ve put it on the Federal agenda,” she said. “Next state election it will be on the state agenda, and the election after that it will be on the council agenda.”

Mr Osborne says the issue has been a political football for too long.

“It’s something we should all get behind. The local community is behind it; the politicians need to catch up,” he said.

Read the full article on the ABC News Online.

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