Media Release: Outstanding Arts and Culture initiatives acknowledged at Awards ceremony at NSW Parliament House

28 May 2014
 
Twenty-three inspiring and innovative local arts and culture initiatives, including a comedy script writing project, new and improved cultural facilities, and a Sydney Food Truck Trial, were recognised last night at a special Awards Ceremony held at NSW Parliament House.
 
President of Local Government NSW (LGNSW), Cr Keith Rhoades AFSM, said it’s been ten years since the Local Government Arts and Culture Awards began – a significant milestone – and it’s fitting that this year, 100 outstanding nominations were received.
 
“The Awards, comprising 23 categories, were won by 19 NSW councils, with City of Sydney, Liverpool, Byron Shire and Tweed Shire taking out two categories each – a wonderful achievement that their communities should be very proud of.
 
“One of the most inspiring award winners of the night was Urana Shire Council, NSW’s smallest council by population, which won an award for their Morundah Bush Entertainment Committee. 
 
“The success of the Morundah Bush Entertainment Committee demonstrates how a small rural community (population just 21) armed with an idea to improve their village through arts and culture, turned that vision into a long-term, sustainable program. 
 
“This year more than half of the nominations came from rural and regional councils, highlighting an increasing recognition and investment in the arts and culture industry by councils throughout NSW.
 
“In fact, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that NSW councils invested more than $422 million in 2011-12 in the arts and culture industry.
 
“Councils manage over 4000 cultural sites and facilities across the state, along with the associated programs and activities, which entice people to gather and connect with their community, remove barriers and include isolated people, and encourage and promote diversity and tolerance.
 
“Arts and culture also has a strong connection with other industries such as local and regional tourism and the natural and built environment. 
 
“The permeation of arts and culture through all aspects of a local community is reflected in the diversity of the Award categories that were presented last night.
 
“In the lead up to the Award ceremony, Local Government NSW also held a two-day Summit where many of the Award finalists presented case studies on their nominated initiative.
 
“The Summit was part of the internationally renowned Vivid Festival, held by Destination NSW – our event partner – who recognised the significance of Local Government within the Arts and Culture industry in NSW.
 
“I thank all of the peak creative industry bodies and State Government agencies, including Arts NSW, which supported the Local Government Arts and Culture Summit and Awards, and congratulate all the winning NSW councils,” said Cr Rhoades.
 
For a detailed list of the 2014 Local Government Arts and Culture Awards winners, visit: www.lgnsw.org.au.
 
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Local Government Arts and Culture Award Winners
 
Community Participation in Arts and Culture: Aboriginal Cultural Development
Dendroglyph (Carved Tree) installation at the Western Plains Cultural Centre
Dubbo City Council
 
Community Participation in Arts and Culture: Accessible Arts
Quick! Comedy Script Writing Project
Hurstville City Council
 
Community Participation in Arts and Culture: Multicultural Arts
Crosscurrents Art and Environment Program
Bankstown City Council
 
Community Participation in Arts and Culture: Young People
Wearing the Crown
Penrith City Council
 
Community Participation in the Arts and Culture: Creative Ageing
Object of the Story: Reflections on Place
Ballina Shire Council
 
Developing Arts and Culture: Festivals and Events
Viva la Gong
Wollongong City Council
 
Developing Arts and Culture: Film and Screen
Take 6 Flicks: Six short fables, exploring the able
Kogarah City Council
 
Developing Arts and Culture:  Heritage, History, Museum and Keeping Place Initiatives 
The Native Institute
Blacktown City Council
 
Developing Arts and Culture: Libraries and Literature
Late Night Library
Council of the City of Sydney
 
Developing Arts and Culture: Performing Arts
'A Streetcar Named Desire' - Auslan Interpreted Performance
Liverpool City Council
 
Developing Arts and Culture: Visual Arts and Galleries
The Art Magic Project
Sutherland Shire Council
 
Interdisciplinary Arts and Culture: Arts and Health
Youth 'Mental Health Matters' Program
Byron Shire Council
 
Interdisciplinary Arts and Culture: Cultural Tourism
PLUNGE 2013
Clarence Valley Council
 
Interdisciplinary Arts and Culture: Developing Creative and Cultural Industries
Sydney Food Trucks Trial
Council of the City of Sydney
 
Interdisciplinary Arts and Culture: Environmental Arts
'Wild Stories' - Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Liverpool City Council
 
Places for Arts and Culture: Creative Use of Vacant Spaces
Northern Rivers Creative Artists Pop Up Shop
Byron Shire Council
 
Places for Arts and Culture: Improved Cultural Facilities
Tweed Regional Museum Project
Tweed Shire Council
 
Places for Arts and Culture: New Cultural Facilities
The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre: construction and operation
Blue Mountains City Council
 
Places for Arts and Culture: Public Art and Place Making
Parramatta Lanes 2013
Parramatta City Council
 
Leading Arts and Culture: Building Capacity of the Arts and Cultural Sector
Morundah Bush Entertainment Committee
Urana Shire Council
 
Leading Arts and Culture: Creative Community Engagement
The Arts Paper
Pittwater Council
 
Leading Arts and Culture: Cultural Planning and Policy
Aboriginal Culture and Heritage Development Assessment Toolkit
Shellharbour City Council
 
Leading Arts and Culture: Enduring Staff Contribution to Arts and Culture
Susi Muddiman
Art Gallery Director Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Arts Centre
Tweed Shire Council
 
Highly Commended
 
Places for Arts and Culture
Art Store at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
Broken Hill City Council
 
Interdisciplinary Arts and Culture
Sharing Cultural Heritage
Bombala Council
 
Leading Arts and Culture
'Penny Paniz Memorial' Arts Acquisitive Prize
Leeton Shire Council
 
Developing Arts and Culture
Narrandera 150th Anniversary Celebrations
Narrandera Shire Council
 
Community Participation in Arts and Culture
Yilambu - Yilaathu (Gamilaraay translation: Past - Present)
Inverell Shire Council