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Share Your Ideas On Arts, Culture And Heritage

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Friday, 14 May 2021 - 10:00am
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Golden Plains Shire Council Arts Culture and Heritage Strategy

Council is asking community members who live, work, play and create in Golden Plains to share their thoughts and ideas on Arts, Culture and Heritage in the Shire.

The Golden Plains Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy 2022-2026 will build on Council’s current commitment to developing, strengthening and celebrating local arts, culture and heritage in our communities. The new strategy will respond directly to the relevant strategic objectives of the Council Plan, in line with the Golden Plains Community Vision 2040; and will, for the first time, incorporate heritage, in acknowledgement of its key role in Council’s Arts & Culture portfolio of projects and programs.

There are several valuable ways to get involved and support Arts, Culture and Heritage in Golden Plains Shire:

Complete the Arts, Culture and Heritage Survey: The survey is open from 13 May to 16 June, and can be completed online at Council’s website here. Paper copies are also available at Council’s Customer Service Centres, 2 Pope Street, Bannockburn or The Well, 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale. Completed paper surveys may be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to: Golden Plains Shire Council, PO Box 111, Bannockburn, VIC, 3331, marked ‘Attention: Arts, Culture and Heritage’.

Attend an Arts, Culture and Heritage focus group workshop: Held on Wednesday 16 June: 10am to 12pm: Meredith History Centre, 31 Staughton Street (Theme: History) and 2 to 4pm: Kate Wise Artist Studio, 32 Kent Drive, Haddon (Theme: Creative Industry). Also on Thursday 17 June:  10am to 12pm: Dereel Soldiers Memorial Hall (Theme: Creative Communities); 1.30 to 3.30pm: Thru the Gate Café, 42 Brooke Street, Smythesdale (Theme: Festivals and Events); and 5.30 to 7.30pm: Bannockburn Cultural Centre, High Street (Theme: Creative Communities). There is also an Online Zoom Workshop (Theme: Creative Communities) on Friday 18 June. To register workshop attendance, please call 5220 7109 or email [email protected]. There will also be informal coffee consultations with Council’s Arts & Culture Advisor at Inverleigh, Rokewood, Maude and Linton in the week from 21 to 25 June, with locations and times to be confirmed.

Join the Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy Reference Group: The Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy Reference Group will provide Council with further insight into community values and priorities in relation to arts, culture and heritage in the Shire. Expressions of Interest close at 4pm, Friday 21 May, 2021. For information, email Council’s Arts & Culture Advisor at [email protected] or call 5220 7111.

Mayor Cr Helena Kirby encourages all community members to get involved in the engagement on the new strategy.

“Golden Plains is a place rich in creativity and culture. Our community understands the deep and powerful influence our history, art and creativity have in shaping our lives. Council want to extend and build on this understanding and to move forward in partnership with our community to ensure a vibrant and creatively connected Golden Plains for generations to come. 

“While a living document, the strategy serves as a planning tool providing Council with a clear set of priorities for the enhancement of arts, culture and heritage projects and initiatives across the Shire. We encourage our passionate local artists, creatives and historians – and the many community members who support their work – to have their say in the survey or attend a local workshop.”

For more information on the Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy, visit

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.