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Creative Communities Strategy

Submissions close at 05:00PM on Wednesday, 29 August 2018

We are developing a new Creative Communities Strategy to guide the delivery of services and initiatives for the next 10 years (2018-28).

Yarra Ranges is known for its creative communities. The area's uniqueness is consistently expressed through art, design, performance and storytelling, providing a dynamic foundation for local culture. 

This strategy will ensure that creativity, through the delivery of Council services to support the area's arts, culture and heritage, remains central to how we live.

Between August and September 2017, we undertook community engagement initiatives to hear your thoughts. This included:

  • A Creative Communities Forum and Workshop with 180 attendees, 12 speakers and seven interactive workshops. 
  • Culture Bucks mobile program with 1,000 participants from 18 locations
  • Yarra Ranges Creative Communities Online Survey received 217 responses
  • In depth focus groups with 100 council partners and advisory committee members

We want Yarra Ranges to be a place where expression, participation and people are at the centre of a creative community. The new Creative Communities Strategy will guide the delivery of services and initiatives at Yarra Ranges for the next 10 years (2018-28).

Our draft Creative Communities Strategy is based on three key strategic areas that align with State and Federal Government initiatives and are consistent with our community values of creativity and culture:

•           People and Experience

•           Production and Industry

•           Place and Environment

These three areas underpin the change needed to drive us towards our vision in the next 10 years. The Creative Communities Strategy is a guiding document. It is a high level strategy that aims to be relevant for a decade. The strategy will be supported by annual action plans and resourcing to achieve our goals.

We would appreciate your feedback on this draft strategy. At the link below you can access the discussion paper and draft Creative Communities Strategy and provide feedback.

View the draft Creative Communities Strategy (PDF, 2MB)


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