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Festival director Gareth McMillan addressed councillors at the Dunedin City Council’s annual plan hearings yesterday, and said Dunedin was at risk of losing its homegrown professional industry if contestable funding pools were not increased.
"We are close to a tipping point which will leave us with dedicated amateurs and receiving touring productions from larger centres."
Mr McMillian said the lack of a fit-for-purpose, mid-sized performing arts venue was "crippling" the local industry.
For current venues in the city, the need for additional support was well-documented and necessary.
Community Access Grant funding needed to be increased, and available to venues such as the Regent and Mayfair Theatres, and the New Athenaeum Theatre.