An advisory group is to be established to assist the Dunedin
City Council with the development of a new arts and culture
The council approved the development of a new strategy in May
2012 and a council project team has been working with arts
and culture collective Transforming Dunedin on a draft for
about a year.
It was at the stage where a ''sounding board'' in the form of
an advisory group was needed, before the draft was approved
by the council and sent out for consultation, council events
and community development manager Rebecca Williams said.
The draft strategy was to be ready by April and a
consultation period was planned for June and July.
It was hoped the final strategy would be signed off in
The development of a strategy follows significant community
feedback to the council through its annual planning process
several years ago, on the need to set the direction for arts
and culture in Dunedin.
The arts and culture strategy was developed in 1997.
The council agreed at its meeting yesterday that Crs Aaron
Hawkins, Neville Peat and Jinty MacTavish, two
representatives from Transforming Dunedin and one or two
other key stakeholders would be members of the arts and
culture strategy advisory group.
Several councillors asked Mrs Williams why the project was
taking so long and if she was confident it would be completed
She said significant work had been done and she was confident
it would be ready.