Have your say on the Council's Cultural Strategy

Published on 11 March 2020

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Five key strategic directions will underpin the City of Launceston's Cultural Strategy over the next decade, according to City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten.

Last week, the City of Launceston voted to release the draft of its Cultural Strategy for community consultation.

Mayor van Zetten said that the strategy is designed to lay out a path forward for Launceston to maximise its unique cultural opportunities, and to identify what strengths and weaknesses Launceston currently has in this space.

"It is extremely important that Launceston has a cultural strategy in place," Mayor van Zetten said.

"Even without direct intent, the City of Launceston Council already operates in the cultural realm. Its planning decisions, where it directs its resources, almost every decision it makes has an impact on the culture of the City," Mayor van Zetten said.

"This strategy will enable the Council to act consciously and with greater purpose in the cultural policy area – acknowledging its importance alongside economic, social and environmental policy areas."

Mayor van Zetten said the draft Cultural Strategy laid out five clear strategic directions for the Council:

  • To respect Aboriginal Culture
  • To realise the potential of our cultural places and assets
  • To foster creative practices
  • Reveal our cultural stories, and
  • Build and extend partnerships


"We want Launceston to be a culturally vibrant community which is an attractive place to establish and grow businesses and to ensure we have events and activities year round," Mayor van Zetten said.

The draft strategy was informed by a body of work undertaken in 2017 by Robin Archer AO - Towards A Cultural Strategy for Launceston.

That document evolved from interviews with Launceston, Tasmanian and national members of the arts and culture community, as well as from Ms Archer's extensive experience in and understanding of arts and culture.

The delivery of the Cultural Strategy is a Launceston City Deal initiative and supported by the State and Federal governments.


 Read the Cultural Strategy online here


The draft City of Launceston Cultural Strategy is now online and a community survey has been published on the Council's Your Voice Your Launceston website here. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and we would love feedback on the draft as we move closer to its final adoption.


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