Enjoying creative industry: Ellie Bellsmith 14, and Beatrice, 7, and Genevieve Flugge, 14, at Eagle’s Nest Gallery in Aireys Inlet two weekends ago. Photo: MICHAEL CHAMBERS

State government begins next creative strategy

July 17, 2019 BY

THE ANDREWS Labor government is looking to strengthen Victoria’s status as the creative corner of Australia, with the state’s leaders making a start on the 2020-24 creative industries strategy.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley launched the strategy’s public consultation last Thursday, which will run for eight weeks and include a series of public forums across Victorian locations including Bendigo, Mildura, Melbourne, Frankston, Footscray, Sale, South Morang, Wangaratta and Warrnambool.

“Our new strategy will build on the growth to date and respond to the challenges and opportunities facing the creative sector,” Mr Foley said.

“The strategy will be developed hand in hand with industry and community. We encourage you to think big, share your insights and contribute your best ideas to help shape the next stage for Victoria’s creative future.”

The Labor Government launched the inaugural creative industries strategy, Creative State 2016- 2020, three years ago and injected $115 million in its facilitation.

Mr Foley said he had selected a 20-strong creative industries advisory group to assist in the development of the Victorian government’s next four-year strategy.

He also said work needed to be done to “break down barriers” hindering participation and employment, while also addressing the importance of sustainability in creative practice, organisations and businesses.

Online submissions are open until August 30. To find out more, register for a public forum or suggest ideas, visit engage.vic.gov.au/creative-strategy.