Council takes out active arts category at national award
  • Tuesday 26 June 2012

Sunshine Coast Council was announced the winner of the inaugural Active Arts category at the 2012 National Awards for Local Government at Parliament House on 19 June 2012.

Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson said taking out the Active Arts category of the national award over 60 other councils positions the Sunshine Coast as a leader in the field of green art in Australia.

"Green art is a term we use to describe art activities which showcase and celebrate our environment," he said.

"We were chosen for our innovation and best practice, how we deliver services and build capacity through a green art approach.

"Importantly this award also acknowledges our dedication to creating a sustainable future for our region by protecting and sustaining our natural enviroment.

"Today we celebrate this national award together with the community and importantly it highlights green art as a real point of difference for our region."

Deputy Mayor Thompson said this is further testament to the Sunshine Coast being well-known as a vibrant, creative and artistic region with a love for the environment.

"For many years, artists, arts organisations and the community have contributed to and participated in a range of programs, festivals and events which celebrate our green attributes" he said.

"Floating Land, TreeLine, Festival of the Waters, Projections, Kids Teaching Kids conference, Green June and the Glossies are just a few of the green art programs that showcase and celebrate our environment and use materials and processes that avoid an adverse environmental impact.

"In 2011, council opened the Art and Ecology Centre at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden which hosts a range of art and science programs attracting diverse audiences of all ages."

More than 179 councils from across Australia participated in the National Awards for Local Government and submitted over 370 entries in 16 categories.