Council Plans Public Art to help Define Communities in Port Stephens

Port Stephens Council’s Maddie Rosenthal at the Vantage Estate Sculpture “Sails” by Hunter Sculptor Braddon Snape. Photo by Marian Sampson.
Port Stephens Council’s Maddie Rosenthal at the Vantage Estate Sculpture “Sails” by Hunter Sculptor Braddon Snape. Photo by Marian Sampson.

 

PORT Stephens Cultural Plan 2015 – 2018 provides Council and the community with a strategy that enables resources to be prioritised and integrated into Council’s future strategic plans to build a healthy art and cultural community.

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The Cultural Plan aligns with cultural planning directions identified at Federal and NSW levels including strategies that encourages residents to have an increased participation in arts and culture, strengthening the cultural sectors capacity and celebrating its cultural diversity.

The aim of the plan is to connect through the Port Stephens community to build a vibrant and sustainable cultural life, which values the potential of the area’s culture, distinct local characteristics and collective possibilities.

One key part of the plan is to recognise the cultural zones Port Stephens could be divided into.

The proposed zones are in the western part of the region the Rural Zone, a History Zone around Raymond Terrace, Life on the River, Estuary Living, Coastal Village centred around Nelson Bay, Surfing Mecca at One Mile and Birubi Beach, Grow Your Own centred around Medowie, Quiet Coastal Gateway of Fern Bay and its surrounds and the Aspirational Industry around Tomago with the proposed zones covering the entire LGA.

Stephen Crowe of Port Stephens Council told News Of The Area, “Creating a unique sense of place in towns and suburbs across Port Stephens is a challenge that Council is very keen to tackle.

He believes that public art is one very effective way to achieve that.

“What we are currently is working with local communities to establish cultural zones. These zones will help us to find the most appropriate style of art for each area.

“We know that each part of our local government area has its own identity and each community has a different view about what makes their space unique.” he said.

Council is looking to identify places for the themed public art to be sited, and they are asking members of the community to complete the online survey by 5 February at http://haveyoursay.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/culture-port-stephens which will see the public art installations respond to the needs and wants of the community, becoming something that each community will truly embrace.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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