Cultural life of any community is the community itself says deputy mayor Lisa Intemann

Deputy mayor Lisa Intemann:
Deputy mayor Lisa Intemann:

The reviewed local cultural plan is on exhibition and is open for your comment until July 26.

The draft plan can be downloaded from the council’s website or viewed at any council office.

It is for the three years 2018-2021 covering 30 key strategies and actions by the council during that time.

The goal of the plan is for our region to be recognised internationally as an innovative leader of creativity and culture.

The council is critically involved in delivering and supporting local cultural events and activities.

But central to the cultural life of any community is the community itself, and we here are blessed with a large number of nationally recognised quality artists, plus well established cultural and heritage groups.

‘Culture’ is defined in the broadest sense, using definitions adopted by UNESCO and NSW. It includes not only artistic activities but also lifestyles, value systems, shared memory, and sense of place.

Cultural activity includes visual arts, performing and literary art, social events and activities, heritage programs, museums and galleries, educational activities, festivals, celebrations, public art, architecture and creative industries.

As well as strategies to develop our cultural life, an equally important aspect is professional development for our creative community – which council has already been active in during the past year.

More than 1200 people contributed to development of the 2016-2018 cultural plan, and we are certainly hoping for a similar level of interest in this updated plan.

Whether or not you make a comment on the plan, it makes for interesting reading and has lots of great visuals for everyone to enjoy while they learn more about our great area.

You can comment by July 26, at the council’s website, or email or post or drop your views in to any council office.

At the centre of any culture is community involvement, so I encourage you to get involved by at least knowing more about our great local future.