Council calls on locals to name our culture
  • Thursday 11 February 2010

The Sunshine Coast’s laid-back beach culture is famous the world over – and now council plans to find out what else makes our culture so unique.

Sunshine Coast Council today launched Creative Communities Sunshine Coast 2010-2015 – a discussion paper designed to stimulate debate on cultural issues across the community.

Council’s Community Policy Programs Portfolio holder Jenny McKay said the discussion paper was the start of a fact-finding mission with the local community that would culminate in the first cultural plan for the region.

Through this process, council aims to identify the cultural aspects of our region most valued by locals in order to inform council decision-making and planning on cultural resources and facilities over the next five years (2010-2015).

Creative Communities Sunshine Coast 2010-2015 is part of council’s extensive Our Place Our Future planning program.

In launching the paper, Cr McKay said it was the start of an exciting journey that would allow cultural activities to be considered when planning for future services, infrastructure and communities.

“One of the reasons why life on the Sunshine Coast is so free and relaxed is because we have a real sense here that creative expression is valued,” she said.

“Whether attending one of the region’s music festivals, joining a local historical group or shopping at the markets on weekends, we are enjoying the creative spirit that is at the heart of life on the Sunshine Coast.

“The ultimate goal with this plan is that it will be the first formal document underpinning council’s vision for a creative and artistic region,” Cr McKay said.

Creative Communities Sunshine Coast 2010-2015 will examine the following areas:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Creative industries (including architecture, design, advertising, music, visual and performing arts, designer fashion, digital media industries, writing, publishing and print media and film, television, radio and video)
  • Cultural facilities
  • Cultural heritage (including Indigenous heritage)
  • Festivals and markets
  • Libraries and literature
  • Museums, art galleries, local historical societies and archives.

Cr McKay said council will seek widespread community feedback into the project by interviewing key cultural organisations, running focus groups on specific arts and culture topics and conducting online surveys for both residents and creative industry workers. Respondents to the survey will be in the running to win one of ten $50 vouchers from JB Hi-Fi.

“I encourage everyone to get involved and give us their thoughts so that it truly reflects our local culture as identified by the diverse range of people who live on the Sunshine Coast,” Cr McKay said.