7 – Culture & Arts



Art, Culture and the Performing Arts

 Arts and culture should be key pillars to enhancing the creative life of our Central Coast. Culture, arts and the Performing arts should be seen as vital in the creation of a positive Central Coast Identity. Fostering a thriving and creative culture should be infused throughout our Central Coast Community Plan and will involve many departments of Council that have not historically been associated with a cultural agenda – departments such as economic development, planning, community, sport, youth and tourism.
 

AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON I WOULD NEGOTIATE WITH THE COUNCIL AND THE ARTS COMMUNITY TO PURSUE THE ELEMENTS OUTLINED BELOW:

Elements/Actions: 7.1. Central Coast Council: In considering its arts and culture strategy: 7.1.1. Council will take an integrated, whole-of-Council approach to fostering a creative culture that listens to and acts on the aspirations of our community. 7.1.2. Council will recognise that fostering a thriving and creative culture is not only the responsibility of those working directly in the arts and culture field. 7.1.3. Council will ask the community what its aspirations are for a creative Central Coast. 7.1.4. Council will engage performing and visual arts and culture groups across the coast to develop an arts and culture plan that celebrates diversity and difference and allows each group to flourish in their own space and place. 7.1.5. Council will engage across multiple media platforms and multiple groups: schools, sporting & youth groups, and the aged, for the development and delivery of arts and cultural facilities and events. 7.1.6. Council will host major region-specific events that give an identity to the Central Coast Region and attract visitors and longer term residents. 7.1.7. Council to make available affordable venues & support for cultural, sports & arts activities & groups. 7.1.8. Council will coordinate the development of a 1,000+ seat Performing Arts Centre to comprise: 7.1.8.1. A large concert style hall to attract international and national artists to the coast. 7.1.8.2. A smaller theatre for local bands and choral concerts. 7.1.8.3. A sense of ‘place’ in which regional artists feel a sense of ownership and belonging. 7.1.8.4. An outdoor space capable of varying crowd capacities, for concerts, displays, exhibitions. 7.1.8.5. A conference & exhibition centre. 7.1.8.6. Workshop spaces to cater for artists such as: sculptors, potters, painters, writers and craft workers. 7.1.8.7. Café and dining facilities. 7.1.9. Council will work with the arts community to develop a culture of collaboration rather than competition for funds & audiences 7.1.10. Council will reactivate international sister city connections for greater cross cultural collaboration. 7.1.11 Council will recognise sport as a cultural pursuit and encourage connections with other cultural and artistic pursuits.
 7.2. NSW Government: 7.2.1.

As Independent Member for Robertson I will advocate for the planning and funding provisions of the above plan.


7.3. Federal Government: 7.3.1.

As Independent Member for Robertson I will advocate for the planning and funding provisions of the above plan.


I WOULD PURSUE WITH VIGOUR AND PERSISTENCE, THE NECESSARY FEDERAL FUNDING FROM THE NSW AND AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT