Project Overview

The Arts and Culture Strategy will aim to connect, support and elevate the already vibrant art and culture spaces and groups, further empowering them to continue to grow and create. Council offers strategic support and investment in the arts and culture industries, benefitting the broader community. A culture rich in the arts and respected history is vital for a healthy, connected community. Arts and culture is one of the defining cornerstones of human civilisation and one which we as a culture are remembered for.Hepburn Shire has a long history of art and storytelling on this country, originally from the Djarra traditional owners, who continue this long history today. More recently we continue this tradition to create and play on Dja Dja Wurrung country.With a large amount of studio-based artists, commercial galleries, several dedicated community art groups facilitating events, live music venues and three local historical museums already in operation, Hepburn Shire is renowned for its creative and inclusive community.

Our Community Vision speaks about an inclusivity, embracing innovation and fostering partnerships. The first step in developing an Arts and Culture Strategy was the creation of a shared vision that community, creative sector and Council can work toward. The strategy will define key focus areas where Council can play a dynamic and supportive role in strengthening the provision of existing services, programs and facilities so that the creative community can thrive. Measurable objectives in the form of yearly action plans, will be developed to support each key focus area. An implementation plan including strategies, partnerships, activities and resources will be created to act as a roadmap for achieving our shared vision.

Creative community conversations about arts and culture were held across our Shire in mid-2022 in Daylesford, Trentham, Clunes and Creswick and five additional sessions were held online. A second round of on-site pop-up engagements and an online survey were completed in March 2023 and extensive feedback was gathered from traditional owners.

How to Participate

The first and second phases of engagement have now finished. Thank you to all the community members and creative people who participated in the focus group sessions and submitted survey responses.

Next Steps

The Arts and Culture Strategy will be released for public exhibition in early April 2024 to provide a further opportunity for community input prior to consideration by Council.

Further information about how you can provide your feedback will be provided on this page in the near future.

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Name Samantha Thompson
Phone 0428 037 938
Email sthompson@hepburn.vic.gov.au