Claims are ?misguided
COFFS Harbour Regional Conservatorium director Carol Hellmers says no regional conservatorium has received any funding cuts, despite a recent attack on the NSW Government.
The Opposition's spokesman for Education, Catherine Cusack, recently said conservatoriums around the state were affected by funding shortfalls.
She said the Wollongong Conservatorium had suffered funding cuts, and the Tamworth Conservatorium had a concert cancelled after the Department of Education (DET) withdrew funds.
But Ms Hellmers, who is also the treasurer for the executive of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums, said the accusations were misguided.
"It's a shame Ms Cusack hasn't been given accurate information. There was an increase in funding across the board last year," she said.
"And there was a very big increase in 2000, which enabled massive development of all Regional Conservatoriums."
Ms Hellmers said Wollongong's funding had not been cut, and the Tamworth incident was two years old, at a time when cuts were instigated across the board.
"DET put $10,000 towards that concert. Tamworth was not out of pocket."
"We in Coffs Harbour are very happy and appreciative of the level of funding. In under three years, we have grown from 150 to more than 500 students, and we provide employment for 25 music staff."