In an exciting end to Local Government Week 2020, Coffs Harbour City Council has won the top prize for Cultural Plans in the Local Government NSW Awards.
“The importance of culture and arts to our youth, our community wellbeing and all the immensely talented people working in the creative industry locally is something to be treasured, celebrated and supported,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight.
“I’m delighted that the hard work Council has been undertaking to make sure that we have a robust and sustainable cultural framework in place to help support the Cultural and Civic Space as a major regional arts centre has been recognised by our local government peers across the State.”
Council began work in 2016 on a strategy to bring the Library, Museum and Gallery services together as one entity – LMG. The strategy has five focus areas – invigorate, connect, learn, collect and remember. It emphasises the importance of partnerships and networks and provides a bridge to 2023, when new spaces and possibilities will be realised as part of the Cultural and Civic Space project.
The ‘LMG Strategy 2020-2023’ provides a framework to:
- inspire and support lifelong-learning, literacy, creativity and cultural expression;
- to find, share, and create knowledge;
- recognise, preserve, and share our diverse histories and stories; and
- provide welcoming public spaces accessible to all.
Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock congratulated the award recipients in the online presentation ceremony.
She said: “The winners of the 2020 LGNSW Local Government Week Awards provide outstanding examples of the many things councils do to make their local communities a great place to work, live and play.”
The LGNSW Judges said of the Award that they recognised that the cultural planning involved had been a lengthy process and that community and council consultation had shaped the plan.
Council also received a Highly Commended for the ‘Overwintering Project – Going Flat Out For Art and Nature’ a wide-ranging art and environmental program coordinated by Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery staff. The culmination of the project was a day of ‘printmaking theatre’ with lino-print designs created local school students being ‘printed’ using a steamroller.
LGNSW is the peak organisation representing the interests of NSW councils.