New members appointed to arts committee
 Baw Baw News   By // 16:05, Thursday 24 July 2014

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COUNCILLORS have approved the appointment of four new community members to the Baw Baw Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee.

This article was first published in the 11 July 2014 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.


Jo Watt, Marion Byrne, Kim McFarlane and Caroline Hammond will serve for three years.

The new appointees will join existing community members David Lyons, Carol Harvey, Rhona Hendrick, Bec Vandyk and Sally Alsop, who have been reappointed with the same three year term to simplify future committee changes.

The committee provides comm-unity input on matters affecting the arts and cultural development in Baw Baw with committee members required to be active in the arts to be appointed.

Changes have also been made to the group’s terms of reference, which committee chair and councillor representative Mikaela Power said would put the group in line with other advisory committees.


“The committee have been through their terms of reference and have updated it to be consistent with all the council’s advisory committees, and also to [clarify] what the group does,” Cr Power told councillors at a public council meeting earlier this month.

Cr Power thanked outgoing committee members for their contributions.

“I would like to draw councillors’ attention to the hard work they and the existing committee members have done,” Cr Power said.
“The new appointees are a number of people from different walks of life.

“They have attended a meeting already and their contributions were good at that point.”

Jo Watt is a new Baw Baw resident who runs a professional dance studio in Melbourne.

Marion Byrne has worked in both public and private arts sectors for 40 years and in her retirement holds a number of voluntary community positions.

Kim McFarlane has had experience in the performing arts and has an interest in increasing the number of young people engaged in the arts in Baw Baw.

Caroline Hammond runs the Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort Arts and Culture program, which has been growing in recent years.


The new appointees, term changes and modifications to the committee’s terms of reference were supported unanimously by councillors.

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One response to “New members appointed to arts committee”

  1. Sandra Kenny says:

    Congratulations to all the above.
    May we all be able to help each other and support the establish and further growing artistic community of this beautiful area.

    Kind Regards
    Sandra Kenny
    Independent owner operator
    SLEAK Art Supplies