Following months of engagement, consultation and workshops, the Great Southern Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy has been developed for the region.

City of Albany, Great Southern Development Commission, local governments and creative organisations have engaged with community across the region to develop the strategy.

This strategy is the first of its kind developed through the Leveraged Creative and Cultural Planning Fund from the Department of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries and Department of Primary Industries & Regional Development.

The strategy builds on the creative and cultural strengths of the region, with recommendations to grow industry capacity and networks, build cultural identity and attract investment for current and future cultural assets and infrastructure.

From Mount Barker murals to Albany’s iconic Town Hall, buskers on the streets of Denmark to our very own National Anzac Centre; the Great Southern boasts deep heritage and beautiful culture. 

City of Albany Manager Arts and Culture Paul Nielsen said the Great Southern Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy has taken a huge amount of effort across the region.

“This Strategy demonstrates the region wide commitment to ensuring our collective creative direction is well planned and managed into the future,” he said.

“The strategy serves as a useful overarching guide to our Arts, Culture and Heritage landscape and is of great use to the whole community.”

The strategy also unlocks a new funding opportunity for the region. DLGSC’s Leveraged Creative and Cultural Planning – Activity Stream is open to regional government authorities with published or existing creative and cultural plans. 

Great Southern Arts, Culture & Heritage Strategy