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Draft Arts and Culture Strategy Out Now

15 September 2022

Southern Grampians Shire Council has released its draft Arts and Culture Strategy 2022 – 2026 for community exhibition.
The draft Strategy will guide Council and community in the planning, development and promotion of arts and cultural facilities, initiatives, programs and services, and aligns directly with the current Council Plan.

Southern Grampians Shire Council Mayor Cr Bruach Colliton said the Arts and Culture Strategy has been developed based upon extensive community and stakeholder consultation.

“The draft Strategy really focuses on those key values which emerged during the consultation process including First Peoples First; Activity and Engagement; Access and Inclusion; Creative Spaces; Place Making; and Information and Awareness,” said Cr Colliton.

“We know that having a strong arts culture is vital to the health and wellbeing of our community which is why having a strategy to support Council in its delivery of programs is vital.

“Arts and Cultural experiences brings us together whether that be for exhibitions or live performances, showcases spaces of innovation, and importantly provide jobs for locals whilst also celebrating our regional heritage.

“Council has significantly increased its investment in the Arts and Culture space over the last few years with an ongoing commitment of planning for a new Hamilton Gallery, investment in infrastructure renewal and upgrades, improving access, and the continued investment towards the development of our art collection through acquisitions.

“The draft Strategy includes key measurable outcomes that will allow us to deliver on those key priorities as featured in our 2021-2025 Council Plan.

“Council remains committed to supporting and advocating for our creative arts industry, and also assisting the community to achieve their arts and culture aspirations,” concluded Cr Colliton.

The Arts and Culture Strategy replaces the previous Arts and Culture Strategic Plan 2014.

The draft Strategy will remain out until 14 October 2022. Community members can view and provide feedback on the draft Arts and Culture Strategy online at or via the online form here.

Hard copies of the draft Strategy are also available at the Southern Grampians Shire Council Customer Service Centre located at 111 Brown Street, Hamilton.

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