Inverell Shire Council
Inverell Shire Culture and Arts Strategic Plan
For many regional towns across Australia, investing in arts, culture and the creative economy has been linked to increased economic prosperity, visitation, a stronger place identity, and an increased sense of community identity, cohesion and belonging.
Yet, like many other regional councils in Australia, Inverell Shire Council, located in the NSW Northern Tablelands, is facing some vast yet immediate challenges including climate impacts such as drought, loss of young talent to urban centres, unemployment, an ageing population and declining volunteer base.
At the same time, there is an increasing expectation from residents about what Council should provide and fund, as well as increasing focus on Council’s accountability, communication, frugality, consultation, equity and transparency.
In May 2019, Cred Consulting were engaged to work collaboratively with Council, community and stakeholders to develop a Cultural and Arts Strategy that responds to the diverse needs and aspirations of the Inverell Shire community.