New South Wales has a global reputation as a world class sports and cultural destination. The 2018-19 Budget provides new projects that work towards developing and supporting arts and culture, increasing attendance at cultural events, sustaining cultural precincts and improving participation in sport and active recreation.
- $245.0 million in 2018-19 as part of the Government’s $645.0 million contribution to build a new Powerhouse museum in Parramatta, undertake master planning for a creative industries precinct in Ultimo, and expand and upgrade the Museums Discovery Centre at Castle Hill
- major stadia investment to attract world-class sporting and entertainment events and address the State’s ageing stadium infrastructure, including:
- $729.0 million over four years for the construction of a new stadium at Moore Park to replace the Sydney Football Stadium
- $183.7 million in 2018-19 for the construction of the Western Sydney Stadium at Parramatta.
- $173.0 million for Destination NSW to support delivery of the Visitor Economy Industry Action Plan. This includes:
- $82.0 million for promotion of major events
- $54.0 million for NSW tourism promotion including the continued delivery of initiatives in regional and rural New South Wales to increase visitor spend, and attract more events and conferences.
- $100.0 million over five years, including $25.0 million in 2018-19 for the Regional Sport Infrastructure Fund to increase the number and quality of regional sporting facilities
- $30.0 million in 2018-19 from the Regional Cultural Fund to support development of arts and cultural activities in our regions
- $24.1 million in 2018-19 for grants to support screen production across New South Wales
- $5.8 million in 2018-19 ($50.5 million over three years) to upgrade to the Australian Museum. This will deliver a new touring exhibition hall, education and visitor facilities, enabling Sydney, to be one of the last cities worldwide to host the King Tutankhamun exhibition before it returns permanently to Egypt
- $6.1 million over four years from 2018-19 for the ongoing operation of the expanded Anzac Memorial, which will commemorate the legacy
- of service men and women.