Draft - Arts and Culture Strategy 2016-2020 Document Set ID 2618983

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Crowds of people with community art at the Portland Upwelling Festival


Public feedback is sought on a five-year plan aimed at delivering high quality and diverse arts and culture programs to Glenelg Shire.

The Draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2016-2020 paves direction for the shire’s performing, visual and public arts sphere, providing a platform to ensure Glenelg remains a leader in the regional arts field.
The document’s vision encourages all residents to have the opportunity to attend or participate in arts and cultural activities, providing further opportunity to be inspired and stimulated by local and visiting artists, further fulfilling their own potential.

There are currently 80 arts and cultural organisations across the shire, including more than 2000 members. This translates to more than 64,000 hours of volunteer labour annually providing a worth of about $1 million to the local economy.

Furthermore, there are 70 arts related businesses in the shire, collectively employing 125 people and generating $1.2 million to the local economy.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Max Oberlander said the council was focused on delivering a comprehensive and inclusive arts and culture strategy to continue the positive economic and social trends.
“It is important that this plan is reflective of our community’s expectations and visions for the future of arts in our community,” he said.

“Art is all around us, from travelling shows to art in public spaces and community cultural events; it is important we continue this important economic driver and to support private investment in the field.
“Together let’s look outside the square to ensure Glenelg remains a leader in the arts and culture field, delivering programs and services for the benefit of all our community.”

The Draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2016-2020 is available for review and comment from www.glenelg.vic.gov.au/arts until 29 April 2016.

A final version of the strategy will be presented to council following the public consultation period.




Public feedback is sought on a five-year plan aimed at delivering high quality and diverse arts and culture programs to Glenelg Shire.

The Draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2016-2020 paves direction for the shire’s performing, visual and public arts sphere, providing a platform to ensure Glenelg remains a leader in the regional arts field.
The document’s vision encourages all residents to have the opportunity to attend or participate in arts and cultural activities, providing further opportunity to be inspired and stimulated by local and visiting artists, further fulfilling their own potential.

There are currently 80 arts and cultural organisations across the shire, including more than 2000 members. This translates to more than 64,000 hours of volunteer labour annually providing a worth of about $1 million to the local economy.

Furthermore, there are 70 arts related businesses in the shire, collectively employing 125 people and generating $1.2 million to the local economy.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Max Oberlander said the council was focused on delivering a comprehensive and inclusive arts and culture strategy to continue the positive economic and social trends.
“It is important that this plan is reflective of our community’s expectations and visions for the future of arts in our community,” he said.

“Art is all around us, from travelling shows to art in public spaces and community cultural events; it is important we continue this important economic driver and to support private investment in the field.
“Together let’s look outside the square to ensure Glenelg remains a leader in the arts and culture field, delivering programs and services for the benefit of all our community.”

The Draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2016-2020 is available for review and comment from www.glenelg.vic.gov.au/arts until 29 April 2016.

A final version of the strategy will be presented to council following the public consultation period.



Council invites comments on the Draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2016-2020 which is available on public exhibition for a four (4) week period from 1 April to 29 April 2016. The Draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2016-202 identifies the objectives for the continuation of established programs and provides guidelines for the implementation of new initiatives for Arts and Culture in the Glenelg Shire Council for the next five years. Community and stakeholders are encouraged to prepare a written submission for Council's consideration. Submissions close at 3pm on Friday 29 April 2016. The Draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2016-2020 will be available via:

Click here to view the Draft Arts & Culture Strategy 2016-2020
* Portland Customer Service Centre, Cliff Street, Portland
* Casterton Customer Service Centre, 67 Henty Street, Casterton
* Heywood Customer Service Centre, 77 Edgar Street, Heywood

For further information contact Susie Lyons, Arts and Culture Manager, ph: 5522 2301.

All written submissions should be sent to:

Glenelg Shire Council
Draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2016-2020
PO Box 152
PORTLAND VIC 3305

Attention: Susie Lyons, Arts and Culture Manager

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