Tuesday 24th September 9:00am - Monday 7th October 4:00pm
Wednesday 25th September 3:30pm - 8:00pm
Council Meeting 25 September
Council has provided in principle support for the operation of the Regional Art Gallery. What checks and balances has council put in place to ensure the viability of this facility in the Southern Highlands region?
The importance of arts and culture to Shire’s residents was first identified as a community priority in developing Council’s first Community Strategic Plan which was adopted in 2010. In addition Council’s previous and current Delivery Program has identified the need to explore options for the establishment of a regional art gallery within the Southern Highlands.
Council was approached by a community organisation in May 2018 to seek a formal commitment to work in partnership to secure funding under the Regional Cultural Funding Program to construct a regional art gallery on the former Fairfax Estate, now managed by the National Trust.
Council formally considered its position in relationship to this partnership in September 2018.
Council resolved to confirm its in principle support for a commitment of $500,000 per annum as a contribution on behalf of the Wingecarribee Shire Council for a period of five years towards the proposed independent Gallery’s operational costs (to be reviewed in the fifth year).
To ensure the facility is financially viable in the long term, Council has stipulated that the funding is subject to the following conditions:
A working party has been established (which includes Council representatives) to commence the necessary work to establish an appropriate governance structure to oversee the funding and construction of the Gallery, and to develop the required business case which Council has stipulated as part of its funding conditions.