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Thank you again for your contribution to the development of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Strategy 2015-18. Council has developed the draft strategy and is now seeking your feedback. This strategy aims to guide the actions undertaken by Council, key partners, the community and a range of organisations to promote, support and grow arts and cultural heritage in the City of Greater Dandenong. The strategy will support and guide future Council decisions about arts and cultural heritage programs, facilities and capital investments.

Download the Arts and Cultural Heritage Strategy (PDF - 1.18MB) Download the Arts and Cultural Heritage Strategy Action Plan (PDF - 1.01MB)

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“I think we should have more street art in our community”

- Sarah Dugdale

We agree! Street art is an amazing way to create art outside of traditional art venues and connect artists and art with the community. Over the past few years we have been working with artists and the community exploring street art including murals, video projections, yarn bombing, guerilla gifting and sticker art on approved outdoor locations. We hate graffiti and tagging but LOVE street art as a unique and creative expression of our community.

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“There is a potential creative hub in the library precinct that appears unused (it has a for lease sign on the window in the lower level). This entire space (lower & upper level) appears to be in-active. if it was activated by creative practitioners - working or living in the area, it could be used as an; artist space/studio, artist in residence, artist run space, art gallery/shop, workshop space, etc. ”

- Karen Butler

As property becomes more and more of a valuable commodity, we need to be more adaptive and creative as to how we utilise space. We certainly agree that activated spaces are more enticing than empty spaces and that shared spaces can produce innovative partnerships. We have been actively exploring opportunities and ways for artists and other creatives to hire, lease or temporarily occupy some of the empty premises. Although we don’t yet have a workable solution, we are committed to continuing to look for ways to capitalise on opportunities for artists and art makers through artist residencies, short term leases or pop-up activities.

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“It would be great to see Dandenong developing into a vibrant place, with more high rise residence in the CDB. We can spur this along with making warehouse areas avaliable as artist studios, creating that 'vibe'. An arts village right near town would be amazing. Get someone to run it as affordable studios. Many artists are finding it real hard to keep staying in richmond and collingwood nowadays. Capitalise on this. This will lead to street art and a vibrant atmosphere. Close proximity to train station would be ideal. This can also happen in Noble park. Large scale projections and street art would be fabulous. There are some large grey walls around dandy. There are some amazing stages around, both in dandy and noble park. It's never used. I personally play music but don't know if I will be allowed to play there. There are always so many rules, so don't want to get into trouble. I think many feel this way. We need more galleries. Artist run spaces. I realise that the danenong demography is not exactly much interested in art at present, but lets bring in the art, and the socio economics will follow. Look at a documentary on Portland (in USA) what happened with a pro-art mayor. For a start, people need to support their local gallery called Walker street gallery. It's not well attended, yet an amazing gallery. The Noble Park community art prize is a great venture that can be built on to create it into a full day art event with markets and performances. ”

- Eddie Botha

Eddie, you have a great vision for the municipality and we appreciate your energy and ongoing promotion of the arts in Greater Dandenong! As mentioned to Karen (see answer 3) we continue to support the growth of vibrant, activated and artistic spaces and know there is lots of room for improving how we do this on a larger scale. There are many players to be considered in this and working together to identify the first steps and future and related activities will ensure we start the journey and that it continues to be a priority for Council.

With the development of The Hive, our growing Creative Network, we hope to support artists in the community to network and build strong collaborative relationships. We want to empower and inspire our artistic and creative community to visit our local galleries and support local exhibitions, to develop and participate in more local creative ventures and to establish a creative groundswell. We also need to connect with local businesses and other stakeholders in the city’s growth and build commitment to what we need in order to promote our fabulous and creative community and, at the same time, share the benefits of engaging with the arts.

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“Stop leaving Springvale and Noble Park out of everything, we were far better off under the Springvale City Council, and they didnt sell off our open areas and parks to the highest bidder.If our area is such a financial burden allow us to reform our own council.”

- Mark Dalton

Thanks Mark and Gaye – it is clear that you both greatly value the contribution that Springvale and Noble Park has made and continues to make to the municipality’s vitality. Council is committed to equitably supporting the development of creative initiatives and quality community infrastructure across all the city’s activity centres.

Your comments highlight the need for Council to strengthen communication of recent investments into public amenities and facilities in Springvale and Noble Park. These include Noble Park Aquatic Centre, Noble Park Station upgrade, Paddy O’Donoghue Community Centre, the new Noble Park Civic Space in Douglas St, Noble Park Youth Skate and Urban Park currently under construction, Douglas Street Streetscape Redevelopment Stage 1 and Stage 2 currently underway, Springvale multi deck car park at No. 8, Springvale level crossing removal project and new Station, Multicultural Place, Springvale Asian Gateway, Springvale Civic Space Master Plan and Springvale Way Finding Signage.

Council places a high value on active citizenship and your comments will inform the development of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Strategy.

For any further information, I have provided a link to Council’s website that identifies current Capital Improvement projects http://www.greaterdandenong.com/document/30/city-improvement-program.

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“I would love to see Arts and Culture in the City of Greater Dandenong engage with local Aborginal Artists, explore Aboriginal arts and culture in local schools, kindergartons, etc. I would like to see more Aboriginal art in our public spaces, on our streets to represent the Aboriginal community here in the City. I would also like to see art more visual in our Council like in the foyer of the new Civic building, on our website, in our community centres etc.”

- Leanne Pearson

The City of Greater Dandenong has an Aboriginal history that stretches back before white settlement to the dreaming. There are many ways that we can show our commitment to respecting Aboriginal sites, objects, places and traditions – more Aboriginal art in public spaces is certainly one way to achieve this.

Council agrees that recognition of the local indigenous community is important and continues to work with the local indigenous community to identify opportunities to share their stories and other aspects of creative expression. We continue to work towards a better understanding of protocol and other lore that influences the presentation of indigenous art in the community and are committed to progressing opportunities as they arise.

responding: Sarah Dugdale, Jackie Gatt & City of Greater Dandenong

Your Vision for Arts and Cultural Heritage

Thank you again for your contribution to the development of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Strategy 2015-18. Council has developed the draft strategy and is now seeking your feedback. This strategy aims to guide the actions undertaken by Council, key partners, the community and a range of organisations to promote, support and grow arts and cultural heritage in the City of Greater Dandenong. The strategy will support and guide future Council decisions about arts and cultural heritage programs, facilities and capital investments.

Download the Arts and Cultural Heritage Strategy (PDF - 1.18MB) Download the Arts and Cultural Heritage Strategy Action Plan (PDF - 1.01MB)


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Hi Ladies It would be great to see Dandenong developing into a vibrant place, with more high rise residence in the CDB. We can spur this along with making warehouse areas avaliable as artist studios, creating that 'vibe'. An arts village right near town would be amazing. Get someone to run it as affordable studios. Many artists are finding it real hard to keep staying in richmond and collingwood nowadays. Capitalise on this. This will lead to street art and a vibrant atmosphere. Close proximity to train station would be ideal. This can also happen in Noble park. Large scale projections and street art would be fabulous. There are some large grey walls around dandy. There are some amazing stages around, both in dandy and noble park. It's never used. I personally play music but don't know if I will be allowed to play there. There are always so many rules, so don't want to get into trouble. I think many feel this way. We need more galleries. Artist run spaces. I realise that the danenong demography is not exactly much interested in art at present, but lets bring in the art, and the socio economics will follow. Look at a documentary on Portland (in USA) what happened with a pro-art mayor. For a start, people need to support their local gallery called Walker street gallery. It's not well attended, yet an amazing gallery. The Noble Park community art prize is a great venture that can be built on to create it into a full day art event with markets and performances.