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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Appointment of Playing Australia Chair and members

Media release
23 November 2009

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Minister for the Arts Peter Garrett today announced the appointment of Ms Pamela Foulkes as Chair of the Playing Australia Committee.

“As a highly experienced arts administrator both in Australia and overseas Ms Foulkes brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Playing Australia Committee,” Mr Garrett said.

“Ms Foulkes is the Chief Executive Officer of the State Theatre Company of South Australia. In a career spanning many years, Ms Foulkes was the General Manager of the Black Swan Theatre Company in Perth and has held senior management roles at the Sydney Opera House, the West Australia Opera and the State Orchestra of Victoria.

“Ms Foulkes' experience across a broad range of genres within the performing arts will stand her in good stead to lead Playing Australia,” Mr Garrett said.

Mr Garrett also announced the appointment of Ms Bronwyn Edinger as a new member to the Playing Australia Committee and the reappointment of Ms Carla Hartog who has been a member of the Committee for more than three years.

“I want to thank Ms Hartog for agreeing to continue her appointment and especially thank her for serving as the acting Chair of the Playing Australia Committee for the last 12 months. Her continued service has provided a sound foundation for the incoming Chair.

“I am pleased to welcome Ms Edinger to her new role. I believe that her extensive experience in performing arts presentation and touring will be a great asset to the Committee,” Mr Garrett said.

Ms Edinger is the General Manager of the City Recital Hall in Sydney and has a strong background in national touring of the performing arts.

Ms Foulkes, Ms Edinger and Ms Hartog have been appointed for a three year term.

The Playing Australia Committee provides advice to the Australian Government in relation to funding of performing arts tours to regional and remote Australia, through the Playing Australia program.

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