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A New Cultural Plan for the Tweed Shire

Tweed Shire Council is preparing a Shire-wide Cultural Plan. The making of this Plan will contribute to Council’s Community and Strategic Plan objectives. It will guide the role played by Council in supporting, initiating or holding cultural activity in the Shire across the next five years.

Culture can be narrowly or broadly defined. It means different things to different people and communities. So, to guide Council’s preparation of the Cultural Plan it has adopted the following ‘cultural domains’, which are widely understood to encompass the key elements of culture. These are:

· cultural and natural heritage
· performance and celebrations
· visual arts and crafts
· books and press
· audio visual and interactive media
· design and creative services

To prepare the Cultural Plan, Council sought information from the community to understand what is valued culturally about our Shire and why? This included: the beliefs that shape our identity; our Elders who guide us; the natural or social environment that supports our way of life; the cultural activities in which we participate as audience members, creators and cultural workers; or the goods we consume that were created or crafted by artists and makers.

Thank you for telling us about your cultural picture …

Council is appreciative of the wonderful community feedback received to the recent What’s Your Cultural Picture? invitation. The What’s the Cultural Picture Survey has now closed and focus groups have been completed. Council staff are reviewing the information gathered from the community through the survey and focus groups held. Watch this space for an update on the Cultural Plan process in 2017.

You can still read about the Shire’s cultural picture, What’s The Cultural Picture? A Snapshot of the Tweed Shire at

Last Updated: 27 October 2016