“Vibrant and activated public places happen when people feel welcome and included in public events. said Therese Doyle, Greens candidate for Ward 2 in the 8 September Newcastle council elections. “
“Newcastle is a city with an abundance of beautiful sites, talent and vitality that deserves to be showcased nationally and internationally. The Newcastle Greens believe that Council has a key role in fostering a vibrant cultural life in Newcastle. Our Vibrant Spaces policy includes Art and Culture, tourism and sport and recreation,” said Ms Doyle.
“Council should continue to develop its promotion of innovation and emerging local talent through a dedicated Arts and Cultural Development Plan,” said Ms Doyle.
“Local businesses, in collaboration with Council, already support many cultural events that bring life and visitors to the city’s public spaces. Programs and festivals such as This Is Not Art (TINA, creative arts), Short and Sweet (theatre), Shoot-Out (short film), Art Bazaar, and local cultural initiatives like NIMA (Newcastle Improvised Music Association), the Newcastle Poetry Prize and Catchfire Press, should be maintained and encouraged by Council.
“Festivals like TINA (This is Not Art) not only express the collective creative spirit of the city but also provide a meeting place for cultural practitioners from all over Australia and beyond, who have ideas that are sometimes unconventional and often groundbreaking to share,” continued Ms Doyle.
“The L!vesites program is another fantastic initiative that brings the Newcastle community together for events, such as ‘Winter Heat’. The Newcastle Greens would like to see L!vesites continue as an innovative, community-centred cultural program.
“However, to maintain L!vesites’ cutting-edge and community focus, Newcastle Council should revert to more direct oversight of this program.
“While the input of local business is important to the success of L!vesites, the program’s cultural independence can only be guaranteed if it is independent of direct commercial interest.
“Two other important issues for the Newcastle Greens are small bars and the inclusivity of Council’s Sport and Recreation plans,” noted Ms Doyle.
“The Newcastle Greens are keen to investigate how small bars can help enrich Newcastle’s cultural life, in a way that enhances a sense of community and reduces the anti-social behaviour associated with larger venues,” said Ms Doyle.
“Newcastle Greens believe that recreation and sport provide an important component for building social engagement and cohesion, assist the promotion of healthy lifestyles for all sections of the community and reduce health problems,” said Ms Doyle.
“Recreation and sport also need to be equitably distributed and accessible to indigenous Australians, women, people with disabilities, older people, and people of non-English speaking backgrounds,” stated Ms Doyle.
For more information or comment, contact Therese Doyle on 0434 257 892
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