Council looks to appoint Cultural Advisory Committee

Published on 19 May 2021


The City of Launceston will look to appoint a Cultural Advisory Committee through a public expressions of interest process.

 The new committee will be a special committee of council consisting of up to eight members of the public with qualifications and experience in the fields of arts and culture, along with three Council staff and two elected members.

 Mayor Albert van Zetten said the primary purpose of the committee is to work in collaboration with the Council's Creative Arts and Cultural Services and Community and Place networks to provide strategic advice on matters relating to cultural development in the city.

 "This body will also assist Council with the implementation of the inaugural Cultural Strategy, and to help promote awareness and understanding of arts and culture in Launceston," Mayor van Zetten said.

 Mayor van Zetten said that Council would be targeting applicants with relevant qualifications and experience in arts, cultural development, place making, cultural tourism, Cultural Events, Recreation and Leisure, marketing and promotions, community arts and community engagement.

 "We are also hoping to attract practising artists or industry professionals who have a thorough understanding of the issues and challenges experienced by community-based arts and cultural groups and organisations, as well as those with already established networks in the community," Mayor van Zetten said.

 "We see this committee as being an integral part of our cultural journey as a Council and as a city, as well as being strong and fearless advocates for arts and culture in Launceston."

 It is proposed that the Cultural Advisory Committee will meet bi-monthly, and other times as required.

 The initial term of appointment will be up to two years and representatives may apply and be considered beyond that initial term.

 All appointments must be endorsed by the Council and members will not be remunerated for their services.

 The EOI is expected to be advertised following next Thursday's ordinary council meeting, where Councillors will consider the committee's terms of reference.


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