Arts investment

THE Latrobe Valley is set to develop its first arts strategy this year, following a major State Government contribution.

The government is investing $40,000 from its Regional Growth Fund to engage a consultant to develop a four-year arts action plan.

It will include community-generated visual and performing arts events and recognise where the arts can play a role in the economic, social, environmental and cultural sustainability of the Valley. “Despite a strong tradition of professional and community artists, performers, artisans, presenters and audience members, Latrobe City Council does not have an arts strategy,” Member for Morwell Russell Northe said.

“The development of an arts strategy and action plan will give direction to the arts movement in the Valley and acknowledge the strong foundation of arts participation and activities which currently exist. Council will contribute $20,000 to the $60,000 plan.

“We know that access to the arts has a very positive impact on a community in terms of health and well-being,” mayor Sharon Gibson said.

“This strategy will allow us to continue to grow and develop accessibility to the arts within our municipality whether that’s performing arts, the gallery or hands-on programs and participation.