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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

Tell us about your cultural picture ...

To prepare the Cultural Plan Council is seeking information from you – the community – to understand what is valued culturally about our Shire and why? This includes: 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.
Your cultural picture may include these elements, or others.

To tell us what your cultural picture looks like - now and into the future - you can complete either, or both, of the following steps:

1. Read about the Shire’s cultural picture, What’s The Cultural Picture? A Snapshot of the Tweed Shire at

2. Complete the What’s the Cultural Picture Community Survey online at

If you can’t complete the survey at home it can be undertaken online, or in hard copy, at the Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah or Kingscliff Library.

3. Upload your own cultural picture
Draw, paint, photograph or write about your cultural picture – either as you see it now OR in the future – then follow the below link and upload to Your Say Tweed

Assessment of Stretching Cultural Dimensions - Cultural Program Plan 2001-7

The Arts and Culture are alive and well in the Tweed Shire, and since the adoption of the Council’s first Cultural Plan in 2001, a number of significant milestones have been reached in the Shire’s cultural progression.

This assessment summarises key achievements of Tweed Shire Council’s Stretching Cultural Dimensions Cultural Program Plan from 2001 – 2007, and reaffirms our vision: “Stretching Cultural Dimensions to create community wellbeing, to encourage innovation and active participation by the Tweed community in all its diversity”.

Stretching Cultural Dimensions Report 2001-2007 (226kB PDF)

Treasures of the Tweed

The Treasures of the Tweed mural on the Commercial Road levee bank was initiated as a collaborative public art project in January 2008 and is due for completion by the end of 2013. The project is being managed by NORTEC Employment and Training supported by Tweed Shire Council and Tweed Landcare Incorporated. To contact a staff member in relation to this project, please call 1300 292 872 or email

Last Updated: 19 September 2016