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Community feedback needed for draft East Gippsland Culture and Creativity Strategy by 27 January 2023
Organisations and individuals working in creative and cultural fields, and the community members who support them, are the focus of a new draft strategy for East Gippsland Shire Council.
Now available for public feedback, the draft Culture and Creativity Strategy aims to create a thriving environment for cultural and creative communities to deliver experiences for the region. To help gather feedback on the draft, an online discussion is being held on Wednesday, January 18 from 6pm. The draft Culture and Creativity Strategy 2023-2033 is now available and can be downloaded through the council's 'Your Say' page.
Along with the feedback for the draft Culture and Creativity Strategy that closes on 27 January, an online discussion will also be held on 18 January
The draft Culture and Creativity Strategy's four goals are:
- Foster the growth of cultural and creative communities
- Embed creativity into the fabric of the shire
- Support communities to undertake their own initiatives
- Champion the region's diverse cultures and creative activities
To help prepare the strategy, council officers engaged with creative and culture stakeholders, visited key spaces in the shire, held public forums, spoke to traditional owner groups and held a First Nation's workshop.
Future focus and support
Mayor Cr Mark Reeves said the findings of this work provided a great foundation for future focus and support. "We found that while there are strong groups of creative and cultural people in the shire, they are often invisible to each other and their audiences.
"The region has limited resources to provide production and technical support to these groups, as well as there being a lack of suitable spaces for development and presentation of creative and cultural work."
"It was also recognised that there are minimal opportunities for formal education and training and for young people to enter the field whilst remaining in East Gippsland." Cr Reeves said.
Online feedback session is an opportunity to hear about and provide feedback on the council's new Culture and Creativity Strategy and help shape of the strategy's vision and goals
Send your feedback
Cr Reeves added, "This strategy aims to support and elevate our arts and culture industry, practitioners and audiences. It is important that the strategy meets the goals of stakeholders and community, so I encourage everyone to read the draft and give their input."
To read the draft strategy and give your feedback, visit council's engagement portal Draft Culture and Creativity Strategy page. Feedback closes on Friday, January 27.
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