Community voice – Josh Deane

Artist and community advocate, Josh Deane, is paving the way for Stonnington creatives and people from diverse backgrounds.

Josh is a member of the Shaping Stonnington People’s Panel, contributing his perspective to Stonnington’s 2040 vision.

“I’m an Indigenous (Palawa Nation) freelance artist and creative. As an artist I create murals, contemporary art and design custom-bespoke pieces.

“I live off Chapel Street and I absolutely love living here because I have everything I need at a walking distance. I love the nightlife and being able to dance the night away after a big week of work, and the diversity of people and cultures in the area.

“For me, Stonnington has always felt like home.

“I thought being on the panel would be a great opportunity to offer my perspective as a young Indigenous creative. I felt privileged being asked to give my opinion on my experiences in the area and also educate and connect myself and my family more with the community.

“The panel is full of amazing, diverse, passionate and vibrant members of the community that have many different interests and needs. It’s incredible how we can work together and democratically create this vision, something we all agree on.

“The culmination of this community vision is something as a community we can be proud to be a part of, and a step towards a Stonnington in 2040 that is a safe, inclusive, creative City that celebrates and embraces its vibrancy of cultures.”

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