Baw Baw seeks input on events and arts
 Baw Baw News   By // 11:00, Friday 18 August 2017

Have something to say about events and the arts in Baw Baw? The council wants to hear from you.

A draft version of the Baw Baw Shire’s Arts, Culture, and Events Strategy has been released for public review.


It might sound boring, but the document is important: it will guide the council’s arts and culture direction over the next four years.

While most actions outlined in the strategy (which you can read on the council’s website) are really just broad statements, there are some specifics. These include setting an attendance goal for the West Gippsland Arts Centre of 60 per cent of seating capacity per year, and seperate goals for community involvement and art exibitions.

One key performance indicator is that an “annual satisfaction survey delivers Net Approval Rating (sic) of 70+.” Exactly which satisfaction survey is being referred to is not clear, even in context.

“Based on feedback we have already received, we have put together the draft strategy that is now on exhibition,” Baw Baw mayor Joe Gauci said in a media release.


“Now it’s the community’s turn to let us know if we have got it right and captured priority actions and aspirations for arts, culture, and events services and facilities.”

Cr Gauci also said the strategy was designed to meet demand for a more decentralised arts program, “especially to serve the smaller townships.”

“[There is] a clear understanding that community participation in the arts will be as important as the community being spectators of professional performances and exhibitions.”

You can find the draft strategy and details on how to leave feedback on the council’s website (click here).

The community consultation period will end at 5.00pm on Friday 8 September 2017.

Update: this story also appeared in the 8 September 2017 Baw Baw In Brief. Click play below to watch the full show.

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