Art and Culture

Arts and Culture Policy and Strategy: Creative Connected Communities

Council is undertaking an exciting community engagement project to obtain feedback on the new draft Arts and Culture Policy 2020 and the draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2020-24

This consultation work is expected to support local creative talent, creating more opportunities to produce and present inspiring and stimulating work. 

Through this process, council hopes to strengthen creative industries economically and socially and also protect and preserve existing public arts and cultural assets within the shire. 

Council expects this project will provide tremendous community benefits particularly general wellbeing and socialisation opportunities.

Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Murray Emerson, anticipates broad community enthusiasm for this project.

“We are already recognised as a regional hub for many talented artists and creatives through our active encouragement, support and promotion of their work via public art spaces, workshops, festivals and many other forms of community arts initiatives,” he said.

“We look forward to receiving input from our creative communities regarding their long-term expectations of us.”

“We appreciate that the arts industry is not just a key economic driver of our region but also generates a considerable amount of community wellbeing and needs our full support. We anticipate the survey results will help us to further enhance connections between our region’s creatives and their audiences”.

Comment on the draft documents can be made via the survey on our website or via a written submission. 

Survey responses will be accepted until 5pm Tuesday 18 August 2020. Written submissions are welcome by email to or post to PO Box 580 Stawell 3380. 

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