Change of Arts Minister
Premier Campbell Newman announced on February 17 the appointment of Ian Walker to the Queensland Government Cabinet, as Minister for the Arts.
Mr Walker, a former law professional and Chair of the Board of Queensland’s chamber orchestra the “Camerata of St John’s”, said he was particularly excited at the prospect of once again being deeply involved in Queensland’s arts scene.
“I have had a long association and love of the arts. As Minister I want to see all aspects of our lively arts scene – from high culture to broad community participation – given the exposure and support it deserves,” Mr Walker said.
Former Arts Minister Ros Bates has stepped down only a week after announcing major arts reform in Queensland, at the landmark State of the Arts Forum.
Minister Bates decision to resign is reportedly due to health and family concerns.
‘Ros has done an outstanding job under difficult circumstances,’ Premier Newman said in a statement. ‘Unfortunately the demanding role has taken a toll personally and on her health, and she had decided not to risk those issues impacting on the performance of her duties.’
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