Gannawarra Shire’s cultural life is a critical asset, providing a sense of connection and communication between people, stimulating creativity and contributing to the local economy. Culture and cultural heritage is a vital part of any flourishing regional area and enriches the quality of life in that region. It is an important element of attracting people to come and live in Gannawarra Shire.
The breadth of cultural activities is vast. A cultural activity can be amateur or professional. Participants can be involved as participants or spectators, as individuals or in groups; and the range extends from writing to all manner or performing arts, from visual arts to craft and design. Whatever the activity, creativity is at its core. These activities can communicate much about the essence of our people – their history, their experiences, ideas and aspirations – as well as providing an opportunity for social and political commentary.
The cultural life of Gannawarra Shire is centred around a wealth of community arts organisations and individuals whose contribution is immense. Some of these groups and individuals have been volunteering their time and skills for many years and are becoming tired. Supporting them is vital.
This Arts, Culture and Cultural Heritage Plan 2008–2012 outlines how Council will support and encourage the arts, culture and cultural heritage in Gannawarra Shire. It distils the views of the community and provides a clear direction for arts, culture and cultural heritage efforts for the next five years.
The Plan identifies priority actions across five key areas to help us work together to become a truly vibrant and creative regional centre. Underlying these actions is Council’s commitment to collaborating with the community to ensure the right mix of cultural infrastructure, cultural activities and funding support.
The Plan is achievable if we all work together. We believe it is a fundamental part of our vision to be “a vibrant, healthy, secure and progressive community that provides ‘Lifestyle and Opportunities for All’ ”.