Share your views on arts, heritage and culture in Lake Macquarie City

Lake Macquarie City Council is inviting the community to share their views on art, heritage and culture to help develop the City’s new Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan 2017-2027.

Manager Cultural Services, Jacqui Hemsley, said art, culture and heritage help to engage us as individuals and bring us together as a community.

“Our vision is to recognise, encourage and develop the City’s diverse cultural life, grow our creative economy, engage and value artistic expression and to protect and promote its heritage,” Ms Hemsley said.

“Involving the community in the development of strategic plans, such as the Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan, leads to better decisions for our Council because it helps us take into account the various interests, values, needs and perspectives of the people our decisions affect.

“It creates a culture of shared responsibility, encouraging people to value and participate in the arts, protect our heritage and celebrate our culture in Lake Macquarie.

As part of the process of development the Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan, Council is hosting a series of forums for the community to attend.

“The forums are for residents and neighbours with a vision for Lake Macquarie to develop, invigorate and promote arts, heritage, culture, and diversity in our city that benefit our residents, creative community, businesses, and visitors,” Ms Hemsley said.

“As culture is the foundation upon which vibrant, resilient and industrious communities are built, Council is committed to supporting the growth and diversity of cultural activities and offerings in Lake Macquarie.”

To share your views on arts, heritage and culture in Lake Macquarie City, visit haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/cultural-plan or attend one of the forum sessions taking place throughout January and February.

Forum sessions

Each forum is planned to go for between approximately two hours, and will include a presentation outlining the intention of the Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan, discussion and workshop and priority setting.

When: Thursday 19 January, 2-4pm
Where: Cardiff Library Activity Room, First Floor, Cardiff Marketplace, corner Main and Macquarie roads, Cardiff

When: Thursday 19 January, 5.30-7.30pm
Where: Cardiff Library Activity Room, First Floor, Cardiff Marketplace, corner Main and Macquarie roads, Cardiff

When: Thursday 2 February, 2-4pm
Where: Swansea Centre Mezzanine, 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea

When: Thursday 2 February 5.30-7pm
Where: Toronto Library, corner Brighton Avenue and Pemell Street, Toronto





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