Culture plays a central role in the
economic, social and arts fabric of Coffs Harbour’s life – and a new Cultural
Strategic Plan aims to build on those strengths to make the area even more attractive
as a place to live and visit.
“The arts and culture is one of the key elements of a community. It’s
crucial to the way we identify with ourselves and others and it’s vital to our
well-being,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight. “It’s also a
very important economic driver that has the potential to build our local economy
and our reputation as a North Coast regional centre.”
The goal of the proposed Cultural Strategic Plan 2017-2022 is to:
Be a blueprint for vibrant living that will
recognise the central role of arts and culture in making our region such a
great place to live, work and visit.
economic, social and cultural wellbeing of our community in relation to arts,
creativity, heritage and our shared cultural experience.
investment and activity and inform planning, programming and funding
Consider the viability of a new Performing Arts
Centre in the region.
Support the vision of our artists and creative
An important component of the proposed plan is to assess the
potential strategic impacts and benefits of a new Performing Arts Centre in the
region – and a community and stakeholder consultation process is planned. Council
has engaged Positive Solutions, a company with specialist expertise in cultural
planning and development to run the consultation.
1 will develop a new draft Cultural
Strategic Plan 2017-2022 and Cultural Policy for public comment and will include
an issues and options paper on a possible Performing Arts and Conference Centre.
2 will include a full economic and financial feasibility study for both the
performance and conferencing functions through a needs analysis, user
requirements, market research, ongoing day-to-day maintenance and management
costs, recommendation of the appropriate size and design of the facility,
profit and loss considerations and economic and cultural impacts on the region.
Stage 1 has begun with meetings with key stakeholders. An online
survey for the wider community is to begin on June 15, with a public meeting planned
for July 12 at 6pm at the Jetty Memorial Theatre
There will be displays in the foyer of Council’s Administration
building, the Jetty Memorial Theatre, local libraries and Coffs Harbour Regional
Gallery during the consultation where people can also submit their ideas.
Advertisements in the local press will provide more detail on the
consultation process, plus information is also available online.