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Arts and Culture Strategy 2018-2022

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The Golden Plains Shire community is invited to have their say on Council’s draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2018-2022.



Council has developed a draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2018-2022 to guide Council’s work in the arts and culture space over the next four years. Grounded in research drawn from an external and local evidence base and with the input of local artists, this Strategy will enable Council to plan events, programs and activities that support local creatives and provide opportunities for residents and visitors to engage in the local arts and cultural scene.

The draft Strategy sets out a strategic framework, underpinned by three key goals directly aligned to the Strategic Directions in the Council Plan. These goals include:

  • Arts and culture promotes healthy, vibrant and connected communities.
  • Arts and culture stimulates prosperous local economies.
  • Arts and culture revitalises local spaces.

The draft Strategy responds to opportunities, emerging trends, local interest, evidence and available resources, and will support Council to plan for change and be more responsive to the wants and needs of our diverse communities.

Engagement Update

Engagement Update: 

We’ve used input from local artists, ad-hoc community feedback gathered over the past year and extensive research to get us this far, and now we are calling for the community to review our Strategy and give us feedback. Whether you are a local creative person, arts enthusiast or just generally interested in the development of arts and culture in the Shire, we would want to hear from you.

How you can be involved

How You Can Be Involved: 

Residents are encouraged to view our draft Strategy via the link below and provide feedback, such as ideas on how Council can better meet the needs of local artists, art groups and arts enthusiasts.  Hardcopies are available at Council's Customer Service Centres at Linton, Bannockburn and Smythesdale.

View the Draft Arts and Culture Strategy

Feedback can be provided by emailing by 30 September 2018.

What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

Feedback from the community and stakeholders will be considered and the final draft will go to Council for endorsement and adoption in October 2018.

Guided by the Strategy, over the next four years, Council will work with the local community, to examine ways to support our booming creative business sector and local arts groups and plan interesting and thought-provoking programing. We will also identify new and innovative ways to support community groups to identify and deliver events that can stimulate public spaces and activate the local economy.


  • 30 August 2018-30 September 2018: Community feedback on draft Strategy
  • 1 October: Council to consider community feedback
  • 23 October 2018: Arts and Culture Strategy presented to Council for adoption.

Contact Information

Samantha Thompson
Arts & Culture Officer
(03) 5220 7212
Project Category: 
Arts and Culture
Last Updated: 
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Project Status: 
Past Project
The Golden Plains Shire community is invited to have their say on Council’s draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2018-2022.

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