Kyabram Free Press

Council adopts arts plan

- By Max Stainkamph

Campaspe Shire Council has passed its new strategy to support the arts and cultural endeavours over the next 10 years.

Creative Campaspe was passed by council at its meeting on Wednesday, July 21, and Mayor Chrissy Weller said it was designed to ensure creative communitie­s in the shire were celebrated and supported.

“Creative Campaspe represents our strong commitment to continuing to resource and nurture artistic and cultural activities in the shire because we recognise the significan­t role they play in the lives of our residents,” Cr Weller said.

“Just like sport and leisure, arts and culture have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our residents, vibrancy of our towns and economic prosperity of our shire.”

The Creative Communitie­s strategy was shaped by feedback from arts and cultural groups in the shire and comments from the community across 2020.

The document suggested using place-based planning processes, such as those in Rochester and now in Kyabram, across all towns in the shire by 2026 to help identify and facilitate community programs.

Providing advice and support to community art groups to develop events, tourism, marketing, and promotion and helping identify funding opportunit­ies would also be implemente­d by council’s community developmen­t team.

Art swaps between art communitie­s and bodies outside the shire were also floated, and working with local Indigenous organisati­ons and groups.

Cr Weller said arts and culture were an integral part of Campaspe life.

“From community events and festivals to exhibition­s and workshops, our residents’ lives are enriched through the myriad of opportunit­ies available to learn, to be creative and to be entertaine­d,” she said.

“Through the delivery of Creative Communitie­s, we aim to support an environmen­t where arts and cultural endeavours can flourish and continue to evolve for the benefit of all.”

The strategy is available on council’s website.

 ??  ?? The Foundry Arts Space in Echuca is one of dozens of arts groups and spaces across Campaspe.
The Foundry Arts Space in Echuca is one of dozens of arts groups and spaces across Campaspe.

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