The community are being urged to
provide feedback on the draft Creative Coffs –Cultural Strategic Plan 2017 –
2022 and Cultural Policy.
The draft Plan’s vision is of a vibrant and creative Coffs
lifestyle enriched by its natural beauty, diverse people and capacity for
Few community aspirations and goals
can be achieved by Council in isolation and the Plan emphasises the need for
collaboration and partnership with and between Council, community
organisations, diverse communities and creative businesses.
The draft Policy and Plan provides a
framework to guide the strategic direction, investment and outcomes of cultural
and creative development in the Coffs Harbour LGA until 2022.
“The Coffs Harbour LGA enjoys an
active and diverse cultural life. As a community we need to build on our strengths,
develop our capacity and the depth of our cultural offerings to further enhance
the attractiveness of the Coffs Harbour area as both a place to live in and to
The high level of engagement from the
community throughout the development of the Plan shows how passionate our
community are about growing the creative sector,” said Mayor Cr Denise Knight.
Extensive community and stakeholder views have been sought in the
development of the plan with over 850 survey responses received, high
attendance numbers at workshops and focus groups all combining to create a Plan
that is reflective of the community’s expectations and aspirations.
The proposed draft Policy and Plan puts
forward strategies to recognise the central role of arts and culture to the
liveability of our region including economic, social and cultural wellbeing
around 5 key goals: :
1. Engage our community and
visitors in the cultural life of the area
2. Create and maintain vibrant
cultural and public spaces
3. Understand and celebrate
our cultural heritage and diversity
4. Value and support our
5. Encourage connections,
collaboration and partnerships.
The community have from Wednesday December 14, 2016 until 5pm Tuesday January 31, 2017 to provide
feedback on the draft Plan and Policy.
Further information including a copy of
the draft Creative Coffs –Cultural Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022 and Cultural
Policy and details of how to make a submission can be found on Councils website
at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/onexhibition from December 14, 2016.