Port Macquarie-Hastings Council adopts Public Art Policy

Unique: An example of public art at Windmill Hill Reserve in Port Macquarie.
Unique: An example of public art at Windmill Hill Reserve in Port Macquarie.

Public art is integral to our region's cultural brand and central to our sense of place.

That's according to the Port Macquarie-Hastings Public Art Policy.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council adopted the policy after a public exhibition period.

Cr Rob Turner said there weren't a lot of submissions during the exhibition period but the response was quite considered.

The policy provides the framework for program parameters, decision-making, funding, procurement and management for public art throughout the region.

"Public art plays an important role in creating connected, effective and empowered communities," the policy said.

"Council is committed to integrating high quality public art into infrastructure and urban design projects and to enabling communities across the local government area to express their character and identity through public art."

The council will ensure public artworks are relevant, meaningful and physically appropriate to local communities, the policy said.

"Building the capacity of our local arts industry and enabling local communities to undertake artistic projects enhances local creative industries."

The council, when planning new public art, is committed to collaboration with the community, professional artists, architects, landscape designers, planners, developers and other professionals.

The new policy supersedes the 2010 policy.

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