Riverlinks and Greater Shepparton City Council present Creative City Strategy Community Consultation

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Tuesday 30th , to Wednesday 31st of March, 2021,
Riverlinks Eastbank - 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton
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Free entry
Registrations are required, due to limited numbers.
Riverlinks Box Office: 03 5832 9511

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Greater Shepparton City Council is inviting you to contribute to the development of a strategy that nurtures creativity in Greater Shepparton.

What is a Creative City?

The creative city is a concept developed by Australian David Yencken in 1988 and has since become a global movement. Yencken writes that cities should be efficient and fair as well as concerned with the material well–being of their citizens. But more than that, they should be emotionally satisfying places that stimulate creativity among their inhabitants. Several regional cities in Australia have developed Creative City strategies including Bendigo and Ballarat.

Creativity is seen as being vital to shaping a city’s future. A creative city has the resilience and imagination to adapt and thrive in an ever changing world. The Ballarat document states, “creative thinking is what will help all sectors to blossom and underpin a healthier, happier and wealthier city.”

In other words, creativity should apply to all areas of endeavour, not just to the arts and cultural sectors. Many businesses require creativity; florists, designers, media creators and architects to name just a few. Creativity also drives innovation in areas such as town planning, building development and engineering. All of this flows into making a city an attractive and rewarding place to live and work.

Goals and Objectives

Our goal is to position Greater Shepparton as a city that encourages and celebrates creativity.

Objectives include to:

  • Map the existing creative landscape in Greater Shepparton and identify areas of strength and weakness.
  • Identify where opportunities lie for enabling innovation and creativity.
  • Grow new partnerships between Council and the creative sector.
  • Identify areas where Council can bring about change or where it can seek to influence or encourage creativity.
  • Set actions for the next five years
  • Establish an Advisory Group, consisting of council and community members, which will oversee the implementation of this strategy over the five year period.

The Committee for Greater Shepparton has long been a keen advocate for the concept of a creative city and Council is pleased to work with them to develop this strategy.

Community Consultation

Our community engagement includes face to face Public workshop sessions.

These 90 minute sessions will take place at Riverlinks Eastbank, Welsford St, Shepparton on:

  • Tuesday 30 March at 5.30pm
  • Wednesday 31 March at 10.00am

If you would like to attend one of the two consultation sessions, please register via the Riverlinks website or call the Riverlinks Box Office on 03 5832 9511. 

Session numbers are limited for the community consultation. As a way to give you the best opportunity to provide your input, registrations are required. On the day, you will need to check in by using the QR code on arrival for contact tracing purposes. 

Prior to attending the consultation, please make yourself familiar with our venue COVID information, which can be found here

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Riverlinks Eastbank

70 Welsford St, Shepparton