Keeping you informed
This website has been created to keep you in-the-loop as we implement the Creative Industries Strategy for South West Victoria.
This Strategy will impact upon lands and waters over which a number of First Nations’ Traditional Owner and language groups hold custodianship. Registered Aboriginal Parties and Native Title Holders in the region include the Barengi Gadjin; Eastern Maar; Gunditj Mirring; and Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation.
Traditional Owners and language groups in the South West include people who identify as Bunganditj, Djabwurung, Djargurdwurung, Gunditjmara, Jardwadjali, Kirrae Whurrung, Kuurn Kopan Noot Maar, Peek Whurrong, Tjap Wurrung, Yarro waetch (Tooram Tribe), Wadawurrung, and Wotjobaluk.
Each has individual and interconnected stories, sites, practices and ambitions for their communities stretching back millennia.
We acknowledge the land on which we live and work, and pay our respect to the First Peoples on all of these lands and those that surround them.
Regional Arts Victoria has joined forces with the Victorian Government, the Great South Coast Regional Partnership, Corangamite Shire, Glenelg Shire, Moyne Shire, Southern Grampians Shire, City of Warrnambool and the Great Ocean Road Tourism Board on a strategy to support creative industries in the Great South Coast of Victoria.
The strategy will build on the long-term partnership already in place between these groups, and provide a roadmap for supporting creative industry practitioners, organisations and supporters in the south west of the state.
What It Means: A Creative Industries Strategy for South West Victoria links directly to advocacy coming out of the Great South Coast Regional Partnership conversations and carried forward by Regional Arts Victoria’s partnerships with local government and the south west community.
Seven key objectives will be the focus of the four-year plan; First Nations; the South West Story; Data Collection; Testing Grounds; Professional and Enterprise Development; Creative Hubs and Youth Programs.
The Creative Industries Strategy will lay the groundwork for future partnerships and projects across the region that will grow the region’s creative identity. It is a benchmark document that the community can use to leverage funding and influence and make the case for their vision to have the arts more prominently regarded as useful across many sectors.
Read the Creative Industries Strategy full or summary document here.
Banner Image: Still from 'Currency' by Kim Sargent Wishart, a dance and screen project which featured at the Warrnambool Art Gallery. Supported by the Regional Arts Fund.