Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council endorsed the Cultural Development Policy which responds to the needs and aspirations of the community.
“Council recognises the important role cultural development plays in establishing socially inclusive, cohesive and creative communities, as well as the contribution creativity and culture can make to an individual’s wellbeing,” she said.
“The Cultural Development Policy demonstrates council’s commitment to celebrating and building the region’s creative and cultural communities, social wellbeing, place identity, sector resilience and future prosperity.
“The policy means that there will be a more considerate and coordinated approach to the integration of cultural development opportunities into the planning and provision of the region’s places, collections, activities and events.
“With such a diverse region, council is focused on enabling partnerships which build the capacity of the Coast’s creative and cultural industries, and exploring new opportunities in attracting cultural tourism.
“Diversifying jobs and stimulating the local economy through industry and tourism development generates further economic benefit for the region and our local businesses.
“This policy is a tool to ensure that cultural development decision-making enriches our culturally and creatively vibrant, green and diverse region.”
The priority areas in the policy include:
- a resilient and robust creative industries sector
- inclusive, united and engaged communities
- culturally active and historically valued places and spaces, and
- increased cultural tourism opportunities.
For further information visit council’s website or contact council’s Community and Cultural Programs Manager on (07) 5475 7272.