Arts and Culture Plan

Art & Culture

The sustainability of our region is dependent upon the integration of a set of interconnected factors - cultural, environmental, social and economic. This Arts and Cultural Plan recognises this fusion and acknowledges that investment in arts and cultural development is an important contribution to sustaining a resilient, liveable and prosperous community.

Research shows that engagement and participation in quality arts and culture programs can enrich the personal lives of residents, support the health, social and cultural wellbeing of the community and contribute to the region’s economic prosperity. Underpinned by the Arts & Cultural Development Policy 2017- 2022, this Plan is designed to encourage greater engagement and participation in locally determined, quality arts and culture experiences and provide the foundation for a cultural vitality that enhances the liveability of our community, our spirit and our way of life.

This Arts and Cultural Development Plan is the means by which we illuminate what matters to us and give significance to what’s important for the quality of life in our community. It is designed to link with and complement other Council planning instruments and the broad scope of Council’s operations. Most of all it is a community plan for which Council plays a key leadership role, in partnership with a community willing and able to share the leadership and responsibilities.

The preparation of this plan took place over many months and included wide-ranging primary and Secondary research and analysis*. It respects the past, acknowledges the present and looks to the future. It takes a broad approach to the understanding of culture and recognises the important role of the arts as creative expression and community voice. It is a tribute to the many groups and individuals who have contributed and continue to contribute to the arts and cultural vitality of the community and presents opportunities for further growth.

Over many years Council and the Community have made a considerable investment in arts and cultural development. The public value of this investment is manifold. This Plan builds on this substantial platform and provides a framework for further investment around a shared vision. It outlines the direction for a vibrant, creative, welcoming community brimming with cultural vitality.

Relevant Documentation:

Public Art

Based on the platform provided by The Flinders Shire Public Art Policy, the Public Art Development Plan provides a direction for the consolidation of existing public art and the further development of public art in the region.

The Public Art Development Plan addresses three main areas:

  • New commissioned artworks:
    • New works, which range from moderate scale works to major projects
  • Current Collection Management:
    • Regular maintenance of existing public art assets
  • Public Programs:
    • The involvement of the community in public art projects

The proposals in the Public Art Development Plan are consistent with the vision and policies outlined in the Flinders Shire Arts and Cultural Plan 2017 – 2022, and the Flinders Shire Council Public Art Policy 2017 - 2022.

Relevant Documentation:

Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

What Is RADF?

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and eligible local councils across the state.

RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions. RADF invests in local arts and cultural priorities, as determined by local communities, across Queensland.

RADF is a flexible fund, enabling local councils to tailor RADF programs to suit the needs of their communities.

Arts Advisory Group Role Description

The key roles of the Arts Advisory Group are to:

  • Champion arts and culture within the Flinders Shire region and encourage other community members to be involved.
  • Develop and advise Council on policy, strategy and annual priorities relating to the arts.
  • Promote the RADF Program and assist applicants with advice.
  • Undertake an assessment of RADF grant applications and make recommendations to Council regarding RADF community applicants. Read and assess all RADF applications in a fair manner.
  • Give advice to Council regarding applications to Arts Queensland for further RADF Funding.
  • Develop and encourage community involvement as well as networking and promoting participation in the arts.
  • This group is a structure through which views and interests of the Flinders Shire community can be articulated for the attention of Council and its staff by members.

Members hold voluntarily positions and anyone can join this group. It is our aim to have a board selection of the community represented in this group. Those who identify as Aboriginal are encouraged to apply.

Meetings are held quarterly for approximately an hour. Further meetings may be organised as need arises and members may be asked for response and feedback via email correspondence.

Training and professional development opportunities are provided.

RADF Assessment Process

  1. After closing date, applications will be sent to Flinders Shire Arts Advisory Group members for perusal.
  2. A meeting will be arranged shortly after this date between members to formally discuss applications and give recommendations according to majority. Each member will be given Committee Assessment Criteria which needs to be completed for each application.
  3. Recommendations are then taken to Council Meeting for ratification.
  4. Applicants are advised of outcomes by letter within six weeks of submission date.

Members are asked to declare any interests in applications and take no part in the discussion or decision making process of the application.

All other RADF information can be found in the RADF Guidelines.

To express interest in becoming part of this group, please complete the below form. For further information and to return your form, contact:

Community Development Officer
Phone: 0437 227 486

Committee Member Information and Nomination Form