Love Your Local Heritage?
  • Thursday 16 June 2011

Sunshine Coast Council has launched a community engagement program to find out what ‘heritage’ means to local residents.

The four-week community engagement program commenced on June 15 inviting community museums, historical societies and interested individuals from across the region to be a part of an extensive consultation process to really understand what the Coast has to offer with regard to its unique cultural heritage.

Social Policy Portfolio Councillor Anna Grosskreutz, who is Chair of the Sunshine Coast Cultural Heritage Reference Group, said by implementing targeted marketing initiatives council hoped to generate new interest in the cultural heritage sector and attract more visitors to the region’s heritage sites and community museums.

"People are often surprised at what constitutes ‘heritage’ and how they are influenced by it," said Cr Grosskreutz.

"This engagement gives people the opportunity to share their views on what heritage means to them and helps us determine how to best promote what’s on offer."

The input from the community engagement will contribute to the development of a three-year cultural heritage marketing and communication plan for the region. The plan will assist in making cultural heritage more accessible and identify the unique historical elements that make the Sunshine Coast so special.

There are a number of ways to participate in the community engagement. An online survey is accessible via council’s websiteand a hard copy version is also available from council’s libraries and galleries.

In addition to this, there will be three public community forums where people will have the opportunity to contribute and show their support for the cultural heritage sector. If you would like to register your interest please contact the Butter Factory Arts Centre on 5454 9050.