Following a robust community and stakeholder engagement process, Commissioners have formally adopted the City’s first Cultural Development Plan.
Deputy Chair Commissioner Gaye McMath said the adoption of the plan formalises much of the cultural work the City already undertakes, and also includes five priority areas and specifies short, medium and long-term actions.
“There are countless benefits to building on Perth’s cultural identity, and the City has taken a lead role to deliver a wide range of evidence-based cultural development activities,” Deputy Chair Commissioner McMath said.
“While operational plans and budgets determine the City’s activities year to year, the Cultural Development Plan sets the tone for our cultural identity, and outlines steps that will bring us closer to the community’s vision for Perth as a vibrant, connected and progressive city.”
Informed by the goals of the Strategic Community Plan and developed with an external Peer Review Group of cultural industry experts, the plan includes clear actions and outcomes across a range of areas that influence Perth’s cultural wellbeing.
“Cultural development is a work in progress, and the community feedback has been crucial in formulating the future vision for Perth,” Deputy Chair Commissioner McMath said.
“Including stakeholders, industry, ratepayers and the community in this process has allowed the City to commit to actions that make the most meaningful contributions to Perth’s cultural identity, cultural economy, built and natural environment.”
The City’s overarching commitment is to deliver a range of cultural development outcomes for the community, such as aesthetic enrichment, diversity of cultural expression, and connection to a shared cultural heritage.
The activities may change and vary dependent on available resources, and which most effectively demonstrate delivery on desired outcomes.
Some of the 48 activities include:
- Development of a plan for the Concert Hall Precinct, linking with other areas of Perth City.
- Introduction of a natural heritage or green activation, event or festival.
- Development of a long-term cultural infrastructure plan in partnership with the State Government.
- Establishing an annual program for cultural and creative sector development.
- A Perth cultural mapping project with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- The addition of Christmas-season experiences that celebrate Perth’s multicultural communities.
Culture is also recognised as a priority for State Government, evidenced by the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries’ recent Cultural Infrastructure Strategy and the announcement of a $6.5 million revamp of His Majesty’s Theatre and prioritisation of cultural tourism.
To see the full Cultural Development Plan 2019-2029, head to the Arts, Culture and Heritage page.