Identifying Shellharbour cultural needs

Arts and culture strategy: Chloe O'Dea, Marianne Saliba, Mitchell Ngawati, arts and cultural officer Sarah Davis, Cameron Shimwell, Jemma Tranter and Ben Reid get busy. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Arts and culture strategy: Chloe O'Dea, Marianne Saliba, Mitchell Ngawati, arts and cultural officer Sarah Davis, Cameron Shimwell, Jemma Tranter and Ben Reid get busy. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Shellharbour residents have been invited to share their ideas to increase arts and cultural activities in the city.

Throughout June, Shellharbour City Council will embark on a community engagement campaign called Creative Shellharbour, which will provide input for the council's new arts and cultural strategy for the city.

Mayor Marianne Saliba said the strategy would guide the council's approach to art and cultural investment and activity over the next three to five years.

"It is important that the diverse range of cultures and perspectives of our community are expressed during this consultation period so that the strategy represents the wishes of everyone," Cr Saliba said.

She said the strategy would build on existing cultural assets and resources such as the Roo Theatre and Shellharbour Village Exhibition Space, while providing new opportunities for cultural development, creative expression and local identity.

Ultimately, the strategy would suggest targets to incorporate into the council's planning.

"We want to ensure that arts and culture is integrated into almost everything that council does," Cr Saliba said.

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