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Labor Candidate for NSW Electorate of Granville


Labor Candidate for NSW Electorate of Parramatta


Labor Candidate for NSW Electorate of Seven Hills



Wednesday 26 November 2014




Labor candidates in the Parramatta area have called on the State Government to fund the Parramasala Festival in 2015 and beyond.  Parramasala is Australia's biggest celebration of South Asian Arts and Culture and puts Parramatta firmly on the map as a cultural centre.  The recent festival had a strong turnout and was enjoyed by all. This year the State Government contributed $300,000 to the festival and Parramatta City Council contributed $200,000.


Sadly the NSW Liberal Government has stripped funding for this event for 2015 and beyond.  On Monday, 24th November, Parramatta's Liberal Councillors stood up and attacked this great festival.


"The Liberal Party clearly do not support his event and do not appreciate its importance to the South Asian Community. Why do they expect Parramasala to be the only self funding festival run in Parramatta? This is madness - Australia Day, Winterlight and the Sydney Festival are highly subsidised", said Labor candidate for Seven Hills, Susai Benjamin.


"This event has great economic and social benefits to Parramatta. It brings new people to the area and helps local businesses. Half of those attending came from outside Parramatta", said Labor candidate for Parramatta, James Shaw.


"I am proud to be one of the Councillors on Parramatta City Council who got this event up and running.  I have watched it become a great success for our region and having greater involvement of local arts groups and restaurants has helped it grow", said Labor candidate for Granville, Councillor Julia Finn.


Media contacts:


Julia Finn (Granville): David Voltz 0439 602 315

James Shaw (Parramatta):
0467 668 052

Susai Benjamin (Seven Hills):
Paul Murphy 0439 672 911