A plan for a thriving creative community

 D A R E B I N A R T S S T R A T E G Y 2 0 1 4 -–- 2 0 2 0
1.   Creative Darebin – A Plan for a Thriving           2     5.   What will success look like?                  22
                                                                                                                                                   Creative Community                                       5.1 Social inclusion: Reducing barriers to         23
                                                                                                                                                   Vision and Mission                                 3         participation in the arts
                                                                                                                                              2.   Purpose and Approach                               4     5.2 Economic impact: Enterprise                    23
                                                                                                                                              2.1 Purpose of the Strategy                             5     5.3 Design impact: Infrastructure and amenity      23
                                                                                                                                              2.2 Role for local government                           5     5.4 Social cohesion: Community connectedness      24
                                                                                                                                              2.3 International Context; Global Cities, the Arts      6     5.5 Cultural impact: Artistic vibrancy            24
                                                                                                                                                  and Urban Regeneration                                    5.6 Sector impact: Best practice                  24
                                                                                                                                              2.4 Primary Goals                                       6
                                                                                                                                              2.5 Our Values; Council Plan 2013-2017                  6     6.   Guiding Principles                           26
                                                                                                                                                                                                            6.1 How will we get there?                         27
                                                                                                                                              3.   Current Context                                    8     6.2 Who will collaborate with us to make it        27
                                                                                                                                              3.1 Background: Darebin Now                             9         happen?
                                                                                                                                              3.2 Our changing city: Predictions + trends 2020       10
                                                                                                                                              3.3 Our unique assets: Diverse community, artists       11    7.   Milestones 2014-2020                       28–29
                                                                                                                                                  and infrastructure
                                                                                                                                              3.4 Snapshot: What We Currently Provide                 13    Appendices                                        30
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Appendix 1. Consultation Process                   31

                                                  CONTENTS                                                                                    4.   Creative Darebin Arts Strategy: Key Focus
                                                                                                                                                   Areas & Priority Actions 2014-2020
                                                                                                                                                                                                   14–15    Appendix 2: Key Demographic Data relevant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to the Arts Strategy 2014-2020

                                                                                                                                              4.1 Inclusive – Increase access and participation       16    Appendix 3. Policy Context: Federal and State   35–38
                                                                                                                                                  in the arts for priority communities
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Appendix 4. Supporting Darebin Council Plans       39
                                                                                                                                              4.2 Enterprising – Make Darebin the home of             17                and Strategies
                                                                                                                                                  choice for artists and creative industries
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Acknowledgements                                  40
                                                                                                                                              4.3. Regenerative – Develop creative spaces and         18
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bibliography & Links                              42
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Footnotes                                         43
                                                                                                                                              4.4. Connected – Create connections across              19
                                                                                                                                                   communities and between generations
                                                                                                                                              4.5 Vibrant & Visionary – Lead by example and          20
                                                                                                                                                  commit to best practice principles

                                                                                                                                                                                                           “Another goal of governments could be to
                                                                                                                                                                                                            create a nation of individuals and communities
                                                                                                                                                                                                            enriched through their participation in the
Acknowledgement of Darebin’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community                                                                                                                                arts adventure.”1
Darebin City Council acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional landowners and the historical and
contemporary custodians of the land on which the City of Darebin and surrounding municipalities are located.                                                                                               Hugh Mackay, social commentator, Artshub 2013

Council recognises, and pays tribute to, the diversity of Darebin’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, valuing the unique and
important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and organisations play in progressing reconciliation, respect
and the building of mutual understanding across the City, amongst its people, and in the achievement of shared aspirations. Council also
recognises and pays tribute to, and celebrates, Darebin’s long standing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.
OUR VISION                                          OUR MISSION
                            A City brimming with creative                       To create the ideal environmental
                            possibilities.                                      conditions for creativity to thrive
                            Imagine a City where art and creative activity is   in our City.
                            experienced in every corner, with vibrant arts      The Darebin Council Plan 2013-2017 (Darebin,
                            precincts across our suburbs in which artists       the Place to Live) has set an ambitious agenda
                            make their work, inspiring local residents to       of transformational change within the City of
                            participate and create their own.                   Darebin. A key pillar within the Council Plan is
                            A City that honours and is inspired by its          the goal of achieving A Thriving and Creative
                            history and, at the same time, encourages new       Culture (Goal 4), which sets out a wide
                            creative interpretations of culture that reflect    range of strategies and actions to enhance
                            our current ways of life.                           the creative life of our City. This involves
                                                                                many departments of Council that have not
                            A City that respects and celebrates Aboriginal      historically been associated with a cultural
                            and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture.        agenda – departments such as economic

          1                 A City where the arts have a genuine impact
                            for everyone, creating enduring, meaningful
                            connections between our diverse communities
                                                                                development, planning and community
                                                                                safety, to name a few. An integrated, whole-
                                                                                of-Council approach to fostering a creative

      CREATIVE              and across generations.
                            Where there are no barriers to full participation
                            in the arts for those who experience economic,
                                                                                culture is emerging, and the aspirations of
                                                                                our community in this area are being listened
                                                                                to and acted upon. Fostering a Thriving and

                                                                                Creative Culture is not only the responsibility
                            physical, family or language barriers.              of those working directly in the arts and
                            A City where artists and creative industries are    culture field.
                            welcomed and valued as a unique industry            To support the Council Plan and deliver what
                            sector, and recognised for the employment           it promises to the community, a refreshed
    A PLAN FOR A THRIVING   and economic benefits they bring to each            Darebin Arts Strategy has been developed; one
                            neighbourhood and the community at large.
      CREATIVE COMMUNITY                                                        that reflects the complexities of our community
                            A City with diverse dynamic festivals               today, predicts as best we can the future needs
                            and permanent art in our parks and public           of our City and sets a dynamic agenda for
                            spaces, integrating artistic thinking into          best practice contemporary arts and creative
                            the consideration of how new suburbs are            practice in a community setting.
                            designed for the future.
                            A City that makes the processes of making
                            art easier; supporting a thriving creative
                            Creative Darebin.

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2.1 Purpose                                        2.2 The role for local government
                  The purpose of the new Arts Strategy is to         Local government has a complex role to play in
                  set a new direction for the way Council thinks     fostering a city’s creative culture.
                  about the comprehensive role of the arts in
                                                                     In relation to the arts and creative culture,
                  civic life.
                                                                     Council has a primary responsibility
                  Historically, local government arts and culture    for understanding and articulating the
                  plans have focussed almost exclusively on the      community’s values and desired future, for
                  provision of community celebrations, festivals     providing opportunities for cultural learning
                  and events, with outcomes linked primarily to      and creative expression, and for effectively
                  community wellbeing measures. The Darebin          addressing local needs through creative
                  Arts Strategy builds on this foundation but        programs. This approach needs to be
                  puts the focus firmly on the interrelationship     adaptable in order to respond to the span of
                  between the arts, creativity, media, and more      needs identified for
                  permanent areas of planning such as urban
                                                                      — recreational arts-enthusiast,
                  design, public realm and amenity, economic
                  prosperity and jobs growth, placemaking,           —the
                                                                      — community in need of an arts focus to
                  retail activity centre success, as well as          bring them together, and
                  improvements in social and health indicators.      —the
                                                                      — needs of the professional artist and

          2       It is the aim of the Darebin Arts Strategy
                  2014-2020 to create the ideal environmental
                  conditions for creativity to thrive and be
                                                                      creative entrepreneur whose livelihood
                                                                      depends on Council’s understanding of how
                                                                      their business operates.

    PURPOSE AND   sustainable in our City: for creativity to touch
                  every part of our lives.
                                                                     To do this effectively requires striking a healthy
                                                                     balance between taking the lead as a Council
                                                                     by initiating new projects and capital works

      APPROACH                                                       programs for long-term impact, whilst also
                                                                     understanding when our involvement may act
                                                                     as an impediment to the community being
                                                                     able to simply get on with the business of
                                                                     making art and making a business out of art.
                                                                     We have endeavoured to consider these
                                                                     aspects of Council’s role – when to take the
                                                                     lead, when to act as an enabler and when
                                                                     to step out of the way – in all discussions,
                                                                     consultations and workshops conducted in the
                                                                     development of this Strategy.
                                                                     Through numerous community and
                                                                     stakeholder consultations (refer Appendix 1),
                                                                     as well as a comprehensive policy review (refer
                                                                     Appendix 3) with appropriate local, national         “The fundamental purpose
                                                                     and international benchmarking, a significant         of governance is to work
                                                                     opportunity has been identified to develop a         towards a healthy, safe,
                                                                     contemporary, responsive, participation and
                                                                     enterprise-focused approach to arts activity,
                                                                                                                          tolerant and creative
                                                                     cultural engagement and planning in the City          society.”2
                                                                     of Darebin.
                                                                                                                          Culture: Fourth Pillar of
                                                                                                                          Sustainable Development

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2.3 International Context: Global cities,             2.4 Primary goals – Quality of life and
                                    the arts and urban regeneration                       community relevance
                                    Cities as diverse as Newcastle-Gateshead              The primary goals for the Darebin Arts
                                    (UK)3, Sydney(AU)4, Newark, New Jersey                Strategy 2014-2020 relate to enhancing quality
                                    (USA)5, Berlin (DK)6 and, locally, the cities         of life and community relevance.
                                    of Yarra (VIC)7 and Newcastle (NSW)8 are
                                                                                          The three goals are to;
                                    focusing on arts and artists in social and
                                    commercial enterprises and programs that              1. Improve social cohesion, wellbeing and
                                    address wellbeing and economic indicators                connectedness through arts and creative
                                    through a progressive approach to arts                   experiences for those who live, work, study
                                    participation and artistic practice.                     or play in the City of Darebin
                                    Research into international best practice has         2. Create the environment and conditions
                                    produced a number of landmark case studies               that encourage creative endeavour and
                                    wherein the arts have taken a lead role in               enterprise to proliferate
                                    community regeneration9. This is a global             3. Set the strategic agenda for facilitating
                                    trend that has also been documented by the               the growth of a creative culture across the
                                    Organisation for Economic Cooperation &                  Northern Metropolitan region
                                    Development (OECD)10, the Executive Bureau
                                    of United Cities & Local Governments11, along         2.5 Our values: City of Darebin Council
                                    with organisations as diverse as the American         Plan 2013-2017
                                    Urban Planning Association12 and the newly-
                                                                                          The Council Plan 2013-2017 Darebin, the
                                    formed Arts Participation Incubator at Deakin
                                                                                          Place to Live has a mission to Work with our
                                                                                          diverse community to build a sustainable and
                                    A growing body of international research              liveable city. The Darebin Arts Strategy will
                                    documents the impact engagement in the                intersect with all six Council Goals to ensure
                                    arts has in promoting connectivity and                achievement of:
                                    pro-social behaviours within a community.
                                                                                          —a— vibrant and innovative economy
                                    Families14, schools15, youth, diverse multicultural
                                    communities and other groups experiencing             —healthy
                                                                                           —       and connected community
                                    barriers of access to cultural participation all                                                       “There are three (3)
                                                                                           —           and resilient neighbourhoods
                                    benefit when the arts ‘steps up its game’ with                                                          measureable dimensions of
“What better way of                 digital, intergenerational, inclusive and creative    —thriving
                                                                                           —        and creative culture
fostering a sense of
                                                                                                                                            cultural vitality; the presence
                                    programming.                                          —excellent
                                                                                           —         service, and
 community, promoting                                                                                                                       of opportunities for cultural
                                    It is therefore the right time to be bold and         —openness
                                                                                           —        and accountable governance and
 mental health and well             expansive in the strategic focus for arts and          democracy
                                                                                                                                            engagement, participation
 being, and reducing the            creative culture in the City of Darebin, as well
                                                                                          Each of the Key Focus Areas and Priority
                                                                                                                                            by residents in viewing and
                                    as to embed a culture of evaluation and best
 pressures of a competitive,                                                              Actions of the Darebin Arts Strategy (see         contributing to cultural
 materialistic society                                                                    Chapter 4) are in direct alignment or response    production, and systems of
than by encouraging                                                                       to these six Council Goals.
                                                                                                                                            support that develop and
widespread participation                                                                                                                    maintain artistically – and
 in the arts.”
                                                                                                                                            culturally – rich urban
The Role of the arts & culture                                                                                                              environments.”16
in planning practice, American
Planning Association Making Great                                                                                                          Culture and Regeneration, Arts Research
Communities Happen                                                                                                                         Digest, issue 37

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              3.1 Background: Darebin Now                         A significant percentage of the population is
              In 2013, Darebin is a city of over 144,000          impacted by disability in some way. 5.9% of
              residents, with an average annual growth            the population in the City of Darebin report
              rate of 1.21% per annum. The population is          needing help in their day-to-day lives due
              projected to grow to over 160,000 residents by      to disability. Combined with the number
              2021 (refer Appendix 2 for key demographic          of residents involved in full or part-time
              data in this chapter).                              carer responsibilities, at least 14% of the
                                                                  population is coping with disability and its
              The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander           effect upon family and work life. The City also
              census population of the City of Darebin in         has a relatively high level of socioeconomic
              2011 was 1,165: 5.8% of all Aboriginal and Torres   disadvantage compared to other LGAs
              Strait Islander Melbournians live in the City of    in Victoria18.
              Darebin. Our City is well-known for its cultural
              diversity: indeed, it is one of the most diverse
              communities anywhere in Australia. Just over
              38% of our population speaks a language other
              than English at home, with 29% from a non-
              English speaking background and over 33%
              born overseas. These percentages are higher
              than those for Greater Melbourne17.

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Predicted trends facing our city in the next six
                                                                                  years include an upswing in population growth
                                                                                  in the central corridor, particularly in Preston
                                                                                  and Reservoir; an increase in the percentage
                                                                                  of lone households22; a dynamic and changing
                                                                                  multicultural mix23; a need for constructive
                                                                                  youth participation24, a growing gap in income
                                                                                  levels within the City25 (the haves and the
                                                                                  have nots); changes to the face and nature of
                                                                                  our primary industries26; and an extraordinary
                                                                                  influx of professional artists and creative
                                                                                  industries to Darebin27 in the current cultural
                                                                                  precinct of Northcote/Thornbury/Preston along
                                                                                  the High Street spine, and now extending into
                                                                                  Population growth creates additional pressures
                                                                                  upon existing infrastructure, programs, the
                                3.2 Our changing city: Predictions +              environment, roads and services on the one
                                                                                  hand, while providing potential for growth in the
                                trends 2020
                                                                                  city’s economy and community on the other.
                                The City of Darebin faces important
                                demographic and social challenges in the next     With an increasing number of new arrivals
                                six years, with population growth and related     from India and China, the City’s language
                                impacts upon rental affordability and city        groups are predicted to diversify even further
                                services being of primary concern. Given its      in the years ahead28. In terms of age, the
                                geographic position in the northern region of     population of Darebin over 65 will increase
                                Melbourne, the City of Darebin has a major role   by 8.7% in 2020 to comprise 14% of the
                                to play in providing affordable housing for our   total population29. At the same time there
                                proportion of the additional one million people   is an equally significant projected growth          3.3 Our unique assets: Diverse                     design community forming, evidenced by the
                                                                                  in the under 15 age group and the largest           community, artists and infrastructure              increasing popularity of weekend markets and
                                who are expected to live in Melbourne over the
                                                                                  proportional increase by 2020 will be in 50-54      The City is well-known for its live music scene,   pop-up shops selling locally designed wearable
                                next thirty years.
                                                                                  year olds.                                          acting as a magnet for musicians, composers,       art and fashion.
                                By 2020, a significant segment of the                                                                 promoters, recording and music venues,
                                                                                  In response, the new Arts Strategy has                                                                 In addition, Darebin is home to a number
                                population will be entering retirement age20,                                                         particularly in Northcote and Thornbury.
                                                                                  sharpened its focus, to ensure our programs                                                            of well-known Australian performing
                                whilst a new generation of our City’s young                                                           Businesses supporting the theatre industry
                                                                                  have direct impact upon improved amenity                                                               artists, arts workers, designers, film-makers,
                                people will enter their twenties at a time of                                                         have always congregated in our suburbs,
                                                                                  and economic health, as well as for improving                                                          photographers, visual and digital artists, along
                                high youth unemployment nationally and                                                                as have a range of visual arts cooperatives,
                                                                                  community wellbeing and social cohesion.                                                               with social and cultural entrepreneurs. We are
                                internationally21.                                                                                    youth arts companies and arts access               the home of celebrated Australian artists such
                                                                                                                                      organisations. The cultural and demographic        as Adam Elliott, Clare Bowditch, Ed Kuepper,
                                                                                                                                      mix within Darebin is rich and multifaceted.       Denise Scott, Jordie Lane, Daniel Crooks, Bill
                                                                                                                                      The opportunity for intercultural dialogue and     Henson, Christos Tsiolkas and Patricia Cornelius
                                                                                                                                      intergenerational learning arising from such       among others equally prolific but less publically
“Artists and art galleries                                                                                                            diversity is exciting.                             well-known.
 are flocking to Thornbury                                                                                                            Recent years have seen an increase in
                                                                                                                                      individuals and businesses focusing on film
 and Preston in ever-
                                                                                                                                      production and online game design moving
 increasing numbers”19                                                                                                                into the City. Concurrently, we have seen
Preston Leader, 30 April 2013                                                                                                         a steadily growing hand-made craft and

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3.4 Snapshot: What We                              —Development
                                                                                                                                                                                          —             of ongoing community arts
                                                                                                                                      Currently Provide                                   projects such as N-Scribe magazine.
                                                                                                                                      In 2013 Council delivered the following            —Exhibition
                                                                                                                                                                                          —          partnerships with NMIT and
                                                                                                                                      programs and activities as part of its Creative     Northern Support Services.
                                                                                                                                      Culture services to the community.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Cultural Infrastructure
                                                                                                                                      Arts Programs & Exhibitions                        —Professionally
                                                                                                                                                                                          —               managed performing arts and
                                                                                                                                       — annual season of approximately ten                functions venues at Northcote Town Hall and
                                                                                                                                        community festivals and events; from one           Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre for
                                                                                                                                        day events such as Darebin Community and           commercial and community hire.
                                                                                                                                        Kite Festival, Koorie Pride Youth Festival and
                                                                                                                                        Home Cooked Comics Festival to the two           —Professionally
                                                                                                                                                                                          —              managed, public art gallery at
                                                                                                                                        week long Darebin Music Feast, Homemade           Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, member of
                                                                                                                                        Food and Wine Festival and True North –           PGAV and Museums Australia accredited.
                                                                                                                                        Reservoir Arts Festival.                         —Management,
                                                                                                                                                                                          —             conservation and promotion
                                                                                                                                       —    Partners programs at Northcote Town           of the Darebin Art and History Collections.
                                                                                                                                       Hall and Darebin Arts and Entertainment
                                                                                                                                                                                         Leadership & Advocacy
                                                                                                                                       Centre with the independent artists’
                                                                                                                                                                                           —              with other Council
                                                                                                                                       community, festivals and arts companies.
                                                                                                                                                                                           departments to develop and deliver
                                                                                                                                       These include the Darebin Arts Speakeasy
Artists gather where there         In terms of creative places and spaces, Darebin   Meanwhile, Darebin Arts & Entertainment                                                               the Paint The City program of street
                                                                                                                                       program for the development and
                                   currently manages three significant cultural      Centre (DAEC) plays host to local dance                                                               art (Community Safety) and Active
are other artists and creative                                                                                                         presentation of new performance work at
                                   facilities; Northcote Town Hall, Bundoora         schools, business conferences and culturally                                                          Spaces Vacant Shop program (Economic
thinkers. Encouraging and          Homestead Art Centre and Darebin Arts &           diverse celebrations, showcasing local and
                                                                                                                                       Northcote Town Hall, and the Darebin Arts
strengthening clusters of                                                                                                              Loudmouth program for kids and families at
                                   Entertainment Centre (DAEC).                      international talent in performances all year
                                                                                                                                       Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre during        —Advocacy
                                                                                                                                                                                          —        through acquisition, exhibition and
creative industries, which         Northcote Town Hall has emerged in more
                                                                                     long. DAEC’s revitalisation is a crowning
                                                                                                                                       school holidays.                                   promotion of high quality local artwork.
in turn attract creative                                                             aspiration for the future, to make a statement
                                   recent years as a strong community asset by
                                                                                     for the arts and culture along the Bell Street   —Annual
                                                                                                                                       —       programming of contemporary               —Regular
                                                                                                                                                                                          —       promotion of Council and
individuals, will reap cultural,   increasing its focus as an artistic incubator
                                                                                     retail and industrial corridor.                   art exhibitions and community access               community run arts events through the
economic, community                for the development of new artistic works
                                                                                                                                       programs at Bundoora Homestead Art                 fortnightly What’s On e-newsletter.
                                   from Melbourne’s vibrant independent artists’     In future, we see the new Islamic Museum and
and employment benefits            community.                                        City of Darebin Library network as important
                                                                                                                                       Centre, including the Darebin Art Show and        —Advocacy
                                                                                                                                                                                          —          on issues affecting local artists and
in ever-widening circles                                                                                                               permanent historical interpretation of the         the creative community to Council and other
                                                                                     cultural sites for innovation and inclusion in
                                   Bundoora Homestead Art Centre continues                                                             building.
throughout Darebin.                to balance a fully curated contemporary visual
                                                                                     arts initiatives as well.                                                                            levels of government.
                                   arts program and a social history and heritage                                                     Public Art Commissions                             In 2013 Council invested approximately $2.6
                                   focus, and is increasingly becoming a cultural                                                     —A
                                                                                                                                       — major permanent public art commission           million in delivering these services. Each
                                   destination for groups travelling from as close                                                      for a public space every two years.              year Business Plans are developed with an
                                   as the local schools and longer day trips from                                                                                                        ongoing aim of reducing the per head subsidy
                                   regional Victoria.                                                                                 Community Partnerships                             by increasing attendances and improving the
                                                                                                                                       —         of local community arts groups          reach and relevance of our services for our
                                                                                                                                        such as the Preston Symphony Orchestra           ever-changing community.
                                                                                                                                        and Darebin Brass Band through Community
                                                                                                                                        Grants or annual service agreements.
                                                                                                                                       —              partnerships with community–
                                                                                                                                       run festivals such as Melbourne Magic

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                                  Building on this solid foundation and           5 Key Focus Areas are;
     KEY FOCUS AREAS & PRIORITY   recognising the dynamic period of growth,
                                                                                  4.1 Inclusive
                                  demographic change and urban development
          ACTIONS 2014-2020       Darebin is entering, the Arts Strategy 2014-    —Increase
                                                                                    —         access and meaningful participation   “In thinking about
                                  2020 identifies 5 Key Focus Areas requiring       in the arts for priority communities            government’s role
                                  investment in people and resources to achieve                                                      in stimulating and
                                                                                  4.2 Enterprising
                                  Council’s goal of a Thriving and Creative
                                                                                    —     Darebin the home of choice for artists     supporting the arts, we are
                                                                                    and creative industries                          in danger of overlooking
                                                                                  4.3 Regenerative                                   a simple yet crucial point:
                                                                                    —      Creative Spaces and Places               the greatest value of the
                                                                                                                                     arts – to individuals and
                                                                                  4.4 Connected                                     to local communities – is
                                                                                    —     connections across communities and
                                                                                    between generations                             through participation in
                                                                                                                                    them, rather than merely
                                                                                  4.5 Vibrant & Visionary                            being exposed to them as
                                                                                    —     by example and commit to best
                                                                                    practice principles in all our work
                                                                                                                                    Hugh Mackay, “Are the Arts Good
                                                                                                                                    for Us?” Artshub

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KEY FOCUS AREA 4.1                                                                                       KEY FOCUS AREA 4.2
                                  4.1 Inclusive – Increase access and                  We Will Continue to:                                4.2 Enterprising – Make Darebin the                  We Will Continue to:
                                  meaningful participation in the arts for             —Review,
                                                                                        —        refresh and renew our Festival            home of choice for artists and creative              —Manage
                                                                                                                                                                                                 —       and promote artist development
                                  priority communities                                  program each year to ensure broad                  industries                                            and presentation programs at Northcote
                                  Embedding a respect for diversity and                 participation opportunities for all our            As Darebin moves from a manufacturing base            Town Hall, DAEC and Bundoora Homestead
                                  inclusiveness in our actions ensures the arts         communities                                        to a knowledge economy, attracting artists            Art Centre
                                  are reflective of contemporary Australia,            —Ensure
                                                                                        —      there are low cost or free options to       and creative businesses to put down roots, live      —Give
                                                                                                                                                                                                 —     priority to high quality Darebin
                                  facilitating multiple perspectives in our work.       access and participate in all Council Festivals,   and work with us, generates not only cultural         artists when programming the Bundoora
                                                                                        Events and venue programs                          benefits but economic ones too.                       Homestead Art Centre Access Gallery
                                  This Strategy will remain responsive to
                                  changes in community needs throughout its            —Ensure
                                                                                        —       Council promotional strategies for         Creating business and arts clusters, this Strategy   —Support
                                                                                                                                                                                                 —       local visual artists through Darebin
                                  lifetime, but at the time of writing we believe       the arts meet best practice communication          will generate increased levels of investment in       Art Show and artwork acquisitions
                                  the Darebin communities of                            standards to increase access and                   the City by individuals and companies looking to
                                                                                                                                                                                                 —           with Economic Development on
                                                                                        participation from diverse communities             establish and grow their creative enterprises.
                                   —          and Torres Strait Islanders                                                                                                                        the Active Spaces empty shops program
                                   community                                           —Develop
                                                                                        —        annual business plans for all cultural    We Are Enterprising – Priority Actions               —Seek
                                                                                                                                                                                                 —    input from the Darebin Arts
                                   —      with a Disability and their carers            venues that support the aim of increasing
                                                                                                                                           We Will:                                              Ambassadors and create annual
                                                                                        access, diversity and participation levels
                                   —          and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)                                                            1. Develop and promote a new Creative                 opportunities for new members to join
                                   communities, and                                                                                           Industries support function to inform,            —Provide
                                                                                                                                                                                                 —        employment for local artists to
                                                                                                                                              educate and facilitate new creative                perform or make work as part of Council’s
                                   —     People
                                                                                                                                              businesses and individual artists in the           Festivals and Events program
                                   —     People                                                                                               processes of Council; including establishing
                                                                                                                                                                                                 —       an annual DIY Arts Business Seminar
                                  are priority groups that need greater support                                                               relevant industry networks and information
                                  to participate more fully in the arts in our City.                                                          sharing, and expanding the DIY Arts
                                                                                                                                              Business seminar program
                                  We Are Inclusive – Priority Actions                                                                      2. Establish low-cost rehearsal and studio
                                  We Will:                                                                                                    spaces for Darebin artists in retail Activity
                                  1. Establish a Council funded Arts Participation                                                            Centres
                                     Initiative to collaborate with organisations                                                          3. Increase amount available for applications
                                     working with priority communities, to                                                                    to the Arts and Culture category of Council’s
                                     increase active and innovative participation                                                             Community Grants and enable individual
                                     in arts and cultural opportunities                                                                       artists to apply
                                  2. Develop programs that support, profile                                                                4. Conduct a cultural mapping project and
                                     and celebrate the arts and culture of the                                                                develop a Cultural Tourism Strategy,
                                     Aboriginal community                                                                                     including a focus on Aboriginal Cultural
                                  3. Develop a Disability Action Plan for our                                                                 Heritage, in collaboration with partners and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “…[a] City can support
                                     cultural venues and programs
“Schools that value                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the creative industries
                                  4. Establish an Artists in Residence program                                                             5. Research feasibility of establishing a
 creativity and innovation                                                                                                                    workshop space to provide space and skills-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                through support for
                                     with local primary and secondary schools;
 lead the way in cultivating         creating projects between professional                                                                   sharing for visual, design and craft artists                                                       clustering activities
the well-informed and                artists, students and parents                                                                         6. Investigate establishing micro-loans to                                                           together, sharing resources
 active citizens Australia’s      5. Expand the creative application of digital                                                               support creative enterprises                                                                      (space, equipment and
future demands.”31                   and online tools in arts programs, including                                                          7. Advocate for existing use rights for arts and                                                      knowledge)”32
                                     digitising the Darebin Art, History and Public                                                           entertainment businesses
National Education and the Arts      Art Collections                                                                                                                                                                                            City of Sydney Cultural Policy
Statement (2005)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Discussion Paper, 2013

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KEY FOCUS AREA 4.3                                                                                      KEY FOCUS AREA 4.4
                                     4.3. Regenerative – Develop Creative                We Are Regenerative – Priority Actions              4.4. Connected – Create connections
                                     Spaces and Places                                   We Will:                                            across communities and between
                                     Darebin is experiencing rapid growth and            1. Conduct a feasibility study for a redeveloped    generations
                                     changes to land-use across multiple sites.             Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre            With social isolation becoming a recurring
                                     Ensuring that the needs of the community’s                                                              theme in community consultations, the
                                                                                         2. Establish a Public Art resource service within
                                     cultural and creative life are taken into account                                                       Arts Strategy aims to ameliorate this trend
                                                                                            Council to assist property developers in
                                     in the early planning and design process will                                                           with every action we take. Communities,
                                                                                            the commissioning of public art in private
                                     lead to a more liveable city for our residents in                                                       temporary and ongoing, form through
                                     the future. Urban design also impacts us daily                                                          active participation in the arts. This Strategy
                                     on a neighbourhood scale. It includes what          3. Introduce a ‘percentage for art’ compulsory      provides numerous options for a great range
                                     we see and experience as we travel to work             contribution from major property                 of community members to gather together
                                     or walk to the local shops. Permanent and              developments                                     and form relationships across cultural and age
                                     temporary public art, street art and welcoming,                                                         differences.
                                                                                         4. Commission a feasibility study for the
                                     creative public spaces are key to creating the
                                                                                            creation of a large-scale mixed-use Arts         We will support and initiate programs that
                                     kind of neighbourhood we like to live in and
                                                                                            Colony in Darebin incorporating rehearsal,       encourage different communities to connect
                                     feel proud to show off to visitors.
                                                                                            workshop studios, office and storage space       with each other through art, and for multiple
                                     This Strategy takes a stronger position                for artists and creative businesses in a         generations within and across communities to       We Will Continue to:
                                     than previous strategies on the inclusion              creative cluster; including research into        participate in shared activities together.         —Adopt
                                                                                                                                                                                                 —        a cross-Council approach when
                                     of arts related considerations in all Council          where additional cultural facilities will be                                                         researching and developing new arts
                                     deliberations around infrastructure                    required in urban growth areas for future        We Are Connected – Priority Actions                 initiatives
                                     development and land-use decisions.                    communities                                      We Will:                                           —Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                 —         opportunities for intergenerational
                                                                                         5. Commission major public art works to be          1. Redesign the entrance and foyer of Darebin       and inter-cultural skills sharing at all Council
                                                                                            installed at primary gateways into the City         Arts and Entertainment Centre into a             festivals and through Bundoora Homestead
                                                                                                                                                welcoming community gathering place and          Art Centre’s public programs
                                                                                         6. Commission a Masterplan for the completion
“Much of the writing                                                                                                                            develop a program of free daytime cultural
                                                                                            of the original Arts Precinct vision around                                                         —Create
                                                                                                                                                                                                 —      welcoming places and opportunities
 on creative industries                                                                     Northcote Town Hall, old Northcote Police                                                            to gather and connect
 and cultural quarters                                                                      Station, Civic Square and Carnegie Library       2. Strengthen our online community in line
                                                                                            spaces to create a contemporary community           with the Darebin Digital Strategy
 acknowledges the role of
                                                                                            cultural asset and artistic hub                  3. Increase Council’s connection and interaction
 artists and other creative
                                                                                                                                                with local primary and secondary schools
 people in early stages of                                                               We Will Continue to:
                                                                                                                                                by creating partnerships with the school
 an area’s redevelopment                                                                 —Commission
                                                                                          —            a major permanent art work for
                                                                                                                                                community for arts programs
                                                                                          public spaces every two years
 and the fact that                                                                                                                           4. Research options for an inter-cultural
‘successful’ regeneration                                                                —Continue
                                                                                          —         to own and manage Darebin Arts
                                                                                                                                                community arts project celebrating the role                                                         “This country has such
                                                                                          and Entertainment Centre, Northcote Town
 can lead to their                                                                                                                              migration has played in Darebin
                                                                                          Hall and Bundoora Homestead Art Centre;                                                                                                                    a high life expectancy,
 displacement, unless there                                                               undertaking continuous improvement to              5. Increase the amount available for the arts                                                           people are living a long
 is a policy or financial                                                                 provide relevant and affordable cultural              and culture category of the Community
                                                                                          services for our communities                          Grants to support a greater range of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    time, and we were new
 mechanism to enable them
                                                                                                                                                intercultural and intergenerational arts                                                            to Australia and we were
 to stay.”33                                                                             —Continue
                                                                                          —        to maintain our Public Art assets
                                                                                                                                                projects in the community                                                                            hungry to know older
 Graeme Evans and Phyllida Shaw,                                                                                                                                                                                                                     people, to have those
“Culture and Regeneration” Arts                                                                                                                                                                                                                      relationships with them.”34
 Research Digest, Issue 37, summer
 2006                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Darebin resident

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                                                                                                           4.5 Vibrant & Visionary – Lead by                  We Are Vibrant & Visionary –
                                                                                                           example and commit to best practice                Priority Actions
                                                                                                           principles in all our work                         We Will:
                                                                                                           Darebin is a City known for the quantity, range    1. Establish an effective evaluation framework
                                                                                                           and quality of its artistic community, and            that measures specific benefits of the
                                                                                                           for the enthusiasm with which the broader             Priority Actions
                                                                                                           community embraces arts and creative
                                                                                                                                                              2. Embed assessment of Cultural Impact as a
                                                                                                           expression. By providing extraordinary
                                                                                                                                                                 core requirement of every Council Report
                                                                                                           experiences and a variety of diverse activities
                                                                                                                                                                 and in consideration of services across
                                                                                                           and genres to choose from, overall arts practice
                                                                                                                                                                 Council such as Masterplans, Structure Plans,
                                                                                                           is enhanced. Performances and programs
                                                                                                                                                                 Building Use and Public Space initiatives
                                                                                                           that are unique, reflect innovative thinking, or
                                                                                                           represent something distinctive about our City,    3. Review the Arts Strategy and renew the
                                                                                                           support development of the arts sector itself.        Priority Actions in its third year; including
                                                                                                                                                                 a public forum to report back to the
                                                                                                           In order for Darebin to establish itself as an
                                                                                                                                                                 community on the Strategy’s progress
                                                                                                           exemplar of creative strategic leadership, the
                                                                                                           commitment to best practice and continuous         4. Provide a coordinated approach to
                                                                                                           learning must be embedded in the people and           promoting arts and cultural opportunities
                                                                                                           systems that will deliver this Strategy.              and services, and tailor the method
                                                                                                                                                                 of communication to reach diverse
                                                                                                                                                              5. Focus on professional development for
                                                                                                                                                                 Council teams in order to deliver aligned and
                                                                                                                                                                 innovative programs for the community
                                                                                                                                                              6. Advocate for a regional approach to arts
                                                                                                                                                                 and cultural planning across the Northern
                                                                                                                                                                 metropolitan Councils

                                                                                                                                                              We Will Continue to:
                                                                                                                                                               —        and consolidate core Program
                                                                                                                                                               Services and ensure that Council Officers
                                                                                                                                                               have the key competencies to deliver them
                                                                                                                                                               —       annual business plans that focus
                                                                                                                                                               on improving the customer and participant
                                                                                                                                                               —     on best practice for art in community
                                                                                                                                                               —        public forums to remain connected
                                                                            “People get to know                                                                to our community
     “(We need to keep up with) the new ways people are engaging with        each other and form                                                              —Support
                                                                                                                                                               —        the making and presentation of
      culture, eg. shareable, social, participatory, mobile, distributed,    relationships in the course                                                       great art experiences for our community
      multi-sensory, fragmented and with mass personalisation.”35            of celebrating the arts”36
     Jesse Rosen, “Provocative Choices for Orchestras”, Huffington Post, Cinncinati

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                                                                                                                 We will know we are successful
                                                                                                                 when the Community says
                  Creative Darebin is an Arts Strategy designed   5.2 Economic impact:                           things like;

                  to have long-term impact and demonstrable       Enterprise                                     “I’ve never been to one of
                  outcomes. Progress toward achieving our
                                                                  Indicators                                      the Darebin arts festivals
                  goals will be measured against the following
                  indicators:                                     —#— of new creative businesses setting up or    before. It’s usually too

     LOOK LIKE?   5.1 Social inclusion:
                  Reducing barriers to participation
                                                                    relocating to Darebin p.a.
                                                                   — new creative enterprises “satisfied with
                                                                   Council and Council’s processes for doing
                                                                                                                  hard with Mum in her
                                                                                                                  wheelchair. But we both
                                                                                                                  felt included and had great
                  in the arts                                      business”
                                                                                                                  fun. We’ll definitely come
                  Indicators                                      —%
                                                                   — of local labour force identifying as         back next year.”
                  —%— respondents describing arts programs as      professional art and media practitioners or
                    “inclusive and welcoming for all members of    arts workers
                                                                                                                 We will know we are successful
                    our community”
                                                                  5.3 Design impact:                             when Artists and Entrepreneurs
                   — respondents describing arts programs as                                                     say things like;
                                                                  Infrastructure and amenity
                   “easily accessible”                                                                           “I chose to set up my
                   —     of cultural engagement by race/
                                                                  —%— of new urban developments including new
                                                                                                                  business here in Thornbury
                   ethnicity, age, socioeconomics, and                                                            largely because so many
                   geography                                        public art
                                                                   — of developers who agree “public art adds
                                                                                                                  other artists were living in
                   — of participants who describe Darebin Arts                                                    the area. And the Council
                   programs as “a place for me”                    value to our development”
                                                                   — of community who agree “the City has         has some innovative
                                                                   much-improved Visual amenity”                  business support programs
                                                                   — of community who agree “the new public       which really helped me
                                                                   spaces, art works and infrastructure make      get started. They made it
                                                                   me feel happy to live in Darebin”             really easy.”

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5.4 Social cohesion:                            5.5 Cultural impact:
                                 Community connectedness                         Artistic vibrancy
                                 Indicators                                      Indicators
We will know we are successful   —%— of participants who describe feeling        —%— of audiences and participants that
when the Community says            “more connected to their neighbours and         agree they were highly absorbed in the
things like;                       the Darebin community” as a result of their     performance or program (Captivation)
“All the new buildings and         involvement in the arts
                                                                                  — of audiences and participants that agree
 open spaces in Darebin are      —%
                                  — of participants who “learned something        they felt mentally and emotionally engaged
 really inspiring. The City       new about the experiences of other              in the performance or program (Intellectual
 feels like a place I want to     generations” through the arts programs of       stimulation and emotional response)
                                  Council and/or partners
 stay for many years.”                                                           —%
                                                                                  — of audiences that agree there is a good
                                  — of participants who “learned something        balance between tradition and newness in and
We will know we are successful    new about another culture” through their        within the full program (Aesthetic growth)
when the Community says           involvement in the arts
                                                                                  — feedback from respected industry peers                                                                                                   We will know we are successful
things like;                     —%
                                  — residents reporting new relationships         saying we are contributing to development                                                                                                  when Artists, Audiences and
“It was so great to spend         attributable to arts involvement within the     of artistic practice                                                                                                                       Industry Peers say things like;
                                  past year
 time with some older                                                            —%
                                                                                  — positive critical views for arts programs in                                                                                                 “You have to check
 people learning about                                                            the media                                                                                                                                       out what’s happening
 how they’d arrived in                                                           5.6 Sector impact: Best Practice                                                                                                                 in Darebin. I saw the
 Melbourne in the 60’s.                                                          —%
                                                                                  — residents describing “increased trust in                                                                                                      most amazing outdoor
 My kids don’t see their                                                          Council and its arts programs”
                                                                                                                                   We will know we are successful when the Community and Local Government Peers say things like;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  installation in Preston
 grandparents much and it                                                        —#
                                                                                  — of external presentations and papers                                                                                                          last week and it was so
                                                                                                                                   “I’m so impressed with the cultural changes in our city.”
 was wonderful to see them                                                        delivered by Council staff                                                                                                                      surprising and challenging,
 making friends across the                                                       —#
                                                                                  — of partnerships with other Northern region     “The City of Darebin Arts team has developed a very progressive plan for                       I thought about it for days
 age gap.”                                                                        LGAs                                             the future. We should have one of their staff come and present to us”                          afterward.”

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                  6.1 How will we get there?                          —Professional
                                                                       —            Excellence: Best practice in arts
                  The development of any new strategy                  participation and cultural development
                  challenges us to consider some important            —Continuous
                                                                       —           Learning: Research, evaluation
                  questions:                                           and review of our programs to ensure their
                   —    is our desired future?                         continuing relevance
                   —    can we make a lasting difference for          —Environmental
                                                                       —              Sustainability: A commitment
                   future generations without compromising             to embedding sustainability measures into
                   the present?                                        all activities
                   —    can we ensure success for the new              — Who will collaborate with us to
                   plan?                                               make it happen?                                “Excellence in culture
                  Therefore, the Darebin Arts Strategy defines        For the strategy to be a success, strategic      occurs when an experience
                  some key guiding principles to ensure the           partnerships will be essential. The complexity   affects and changes an
                  plan itself is achievable, workable, sustainable,   of our City’s current and future needs, and      individual... An excellent
                  measurable, and moves inexorably toward its         those of our constituency can not be addressed cultural experience goes to
                  primary goals and desired outcomes. This will       without cooperation and collaboration. We
                  happen through a systemic commitment to:            will commit therefore to the creation of robust  the root of living.
                   —       A non-negotiable expectation of            and mutually beneficial strategic partnerships
                                                                      with community, tertiary, arts and commercial     Excellence is about
                   diversity in practice and inclusiveness for
                   community                                          organisations who share our vision and goals.     experience and good
                                                                      Through the life of this Strategy we will build   practice is what leads it.”37
                   —              Alignment: A whole-of-
                   Council approach with collaborative dialogue       on these partnerships and establish new ones      Brian McMaster, Supporting
                   at every level                                     that enable us to reach our strategic goals.      Excellence in the Arts (UK, 2008)

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7.1 Timeline
                   Actions begun by                                                         14–15   15–16   16–17   17–18   18–19   19–20
                  Establish Arts Participation program                                       ●
                  Disability Action Plans for venues and programs                                    ●
                  School partnerships programs incl Artists in Residence                             ●
                  Digitise Art Collection                                                    ●
                  Develop Creative Industries Support role                                   ●
                  Establish low-cost rehearsal and studio spaces                                     ●
                  Increase Community Grant pool                                              ●
                  Develop Cultural Tourism Strategy                                                  ●
                  Investigate micro-loans for artists and creative industries                ●
                  Establish Public Art resource service                                      ●
                  Masterplan for mixed-use Arts Colony and creative clusters

                  Public Art at Gateways                                                     ●               ●               ●
                  Commission feasibility of completing Northcote Arts Precinct vision                ●

     MILESTONES   Conduct feasibility study for redevelopment of
                  Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre

                  Redesign public spaces at DAEC                                                     ●
                  Strengthen online communications                                           ●
                  Establish effective evaluation framework                                   ●
                  Review the Arts Strategy in its 3rd year                                                   ●
                   Ongoing Actions
                  Develop programs with the Aboriginal community                             ●       ●       ●       ●       ●       ●
                  Coordinated approach to promotions and communications to                   ●       ●       ●       ●       ●       ●
                  reach diverse communities
                  Focus on professional development for Council Officers and                 ●       ●       ●       ●       ●       ●
                  community members
                  Conduct research into future needs for cultural facilities and services    ●       ●       ●       ●       ●       ●
                  Advocate for existing use rights for arts and entertainment businesses     ●       ●       ●       ●       ●       ●
                  Expand the creative application of digital and online tools                ●       ●       ●       ●       ●       ●
                  Advocate for a Northern metro regional approach                            ●       ●       ●       ●       ●       ●

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                  CONSULTATION PROCESS
                  The consultation process for the six year
                  Creative Darebin Arts Strategy involved
                  open, targeted and forum consultations
                  with over 240 residents and key community
                  stakeholders. The outcomes of these numerous
                  sessions were documented, analysed and
                  distilled to five focus areas that now underpin
                  the strategy.

                  Phase 1:
                  Open Community Consultation:
                  April 2013
                  The City of Darebin conducted three initial
                  community consultation meetings at Northcote
                  Town Hall, Darebin Arts & Entertainment
                  Centre and the Reservoir Civic Centre in April      Phase 4:
                  2013.                                               What’s Your Big Idea? Public Forum with
                                                                      Julia Zemiro August 2013
                  Phase 2:
                                                                      A significant public forum in relation to the
                  Targeted Stakeholder Consultation:                  2014-2020 Arts Strategy was held on 15
                  May-July 2013                                       August 2013. The program was hosted by
                  The Manager Creative Culture and team               Julia Zemiro along with guest speakers Ajak
                  conducted an additional series of over twenty       Kwai, David Campbell and the Bamford-
                  external stakeholder consultations in May-          Caleo family. This event was curated to
                  July 2013, including with local commercial,         ensure the Darebin community was given
                  community and arts partners.                        a further opportunity to contribute to the
                                                                      Creative Darebin Arts Strategy and to respond
                  Phase 3:                                            meaningfully to the emerging focus areas
                  Research & International Benchmarking               and directions for planning. The City received
                  February-July 2013                                  an excellent response to this invitation,
                  From February to July 2013, the Creative            with over 150 local area residents attending
                  Culture team also reviewed recent City of           the event at Darebin Arts & Entertainment
                  Darebin survey data and conducted wide              Centre. A lively discussion ensured the voices
                  desktop research into comparable local Council      of the community can now be heard clearly
                  policies in Victoria, national capital city plans   throughout this Strategy.
                  (Melbourne 2010-2013), Sydney (City of Sydney
                  Cultural Discussion paper, March 2013), City of     Phase 5:
                  Auckland and international case studies (as         Draft Strategy Community Consultation
                  noted in Chapter 1) to ensure the new Strategy      The Draft Arts Strategy was widely distributed
                  can be considered best practice.                    through community groups and Council
                                                                      Advisory Committees for further comment and
                                                                      written submissions.

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APPENDIX 2.                                                                                              A4.5 Relative Disadvantage                                         A4.6 Changing Industries
                                                                                                              SEIFA: The SEIFA index is derived from                             Between 2006 and 2011, Manufacturing as an
     KEY DEMOGRAPHIC DATA RELEVANT TO                                                                         attributes that reflect disadvantage such as                       employer fell from 16.6% of all jobs in Darebin
     THE ARTS STRATEGY 2014-2020                                                                              low income, low educational attainment, high                       to 13.2%. The highest employers are Education
                                                                                                              unemployment, and jobs in relatively unskilled                     and Training (14.4%) and Retail (14.4%).
     A2.1 Population                                                                                          occupations.
     In 2031, the population of City of Darebin is                                                                                                                               A4.7 Changes in Household Structure:
                                                                                                              A higher score on the index means a lower
     forecast to be 173,980, an increase of 40,340                                                                                                                               The main changes in household type between
                                                                                                              level of disadvantage. A lower score on the
     persons (30.19%) from 2006                                                                                                                                                  2006 and 2021 are forecast to be:
                                                                                                              index means a higher level of disadvantage.
     Area name		        2006         2011        2016          2021        2026         2031                  The City of Darebin scores 990 on the SEIFA                        The largest increase is forecast to be in Group
                                                                                                              index of disadvantage in 2011 and was ranked                       households, which will increase by 1,001
     City of Darebin   133,640      143,057     152,075       160,031     166,900     173,980                                                                                    households, comprising 6.8% of all households,
                                                                                                              39th most disadvantaged LGA in the state.
                                                                                                              In 2006 it had a score of 972 and was ranked                       compared to 6.3% in 2006.
     A2.2 Changing Ageing Demographics                    A4.3 Indigenous Residents                           24th most disadvantaged in the state. In 2001                      Lone person households are also forecast to
     In 2006, the most populous age group in City         The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander           it had a score of 966.                                             increase by 1,574 households, to comprise
     of Darebin was 30-34 year olds, with 12,401          Census population of the City of Darebin in                                                                            25.6% of all households in 2021, compared to
     persons. In 2021 the most populous forecast          2011 was 1,165. Total indigenous population is                                                                         27.5% in 2006.
     age group will continue to be 30-34 year olds,       55 above 2006 levels. 5.8% of all Aboriginal
     with 14,821 persons. The City’s median age is        and Torres Strait Islander Melbournians live in
     36.                                                  the City of Darebin.
     The number of people aged under 15 is                                                                    Forecast Housholds, City of Darebin                                                                                                2006            2021               2031
                                                          A4.4. Increase in residents from other
     forecast to increase by 4,323 (20.2%),
     representing a rise in the proportion of the         inner city LGAs and from Overseas 2001-
                                                          2006                                                                     25,000
     population to 16.1%. The number of people
     aged over 65 is expected to increase by 1,797        Biggest changes in residents from other
     (8.7%), and represent 14.0% of the population        countries between 2006-2011 are India                                    20,000

                                                                                                            Number of households
     by 2021.                                             (+1,983), China (+1,232), UK (+515) and NZ
     The age group which is forecast to have the
     largest proportional increase (relative to its
     population size) by 2021 is 50-54 year olds,
     who are forecast to increase by 37.6% to 9,865                                                                                10,000


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                                                                                                       POLICY CONTEXT: FEDERAL AND STATE
                                                                                                       The following federal and state policies and strategies inform
                                                                                                       and support the work of the Creative Darebin Arts Strategy 2014-2020:

                                                                                                        Federal Policy or strategy Summary of aligned goals or outcomes
                                                                                                        ‘Creative Australia’           —Encourage
                                                                                                                                        —           universal creative expression and recognise the
                                                                                                                                        role of the artist in this process
                                                                                                        National Cultural Policy
                                                                                                        (2013)                         —Connect
                                                                                                                                        —       arts and culture to national life for a social and
                                                                                                                                        economic dividend
                                                                                                        Department of Regional
                                                                                                        Australia, Local               —Modernise
                                                                                                                                        —         funding and support
                                                                                                        Government, Arts and Sport
                                                                                                                                        —          the central role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
                                                                                                                                        Islander culture in Australian life
                                                                                                                                        —       national focus on Asia
                                                                                                                                        —       a National Arts & Culture Accord (tri-level
                                                                                                                                        government cooperative initiative)
                                                                                                                                        —        opportunities for Australia’s creative industries
                                                                                                                                        to contribute to the economy as leaders of innovation and
                                                                                                                                        drivers of productivity across all industry sectors
                                                                                                                                        —        the intrinsic and instrumental impacts of artistic
                                                                                                                                        expression and participation
     A4.8 Cultural Diversity and English                Approximately 7.8 per cent of the population    National Arts & Disability     —Address
                                                                                                                                        —       barriers that prevent people with a disability to
     Proficiency                                        does not speak English well or at all.          Strategy (2010)                 access and participate in the arts
     In the 2011 Census 33.7 per cent of Darebin        The majority of people born in a non-English    Cultural Ministers Council     —Develop
                                                                                                                                        —        strategies to address barriers for emerging and
     residents stated they were born overseas. The      speaking country live in the north of the                                       professional artists with disabilities to realise their ambitions
     major contributing countries were Italy, Greece,   municipality in Reservoir, Kingsbury and                                       —Support
                                                                                                                                        —       audience development to enable a growing market
     India, China, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.      Bundoora areas.                                                                 for work by artists with disabilities
     26% of those born overseas arrived in Australia
     within the last 5 years.                                                                                                          —Enhance
                                                                                                                                        —         coordination and collaboration across all levels of
                                                                                                                                        government, so that people with a disability have a stronger
     38.7% Darebin‘s residents speak a language                                                                                         voice in policy development and planning
     other than English at home. Darebin‘s residents
     speak a wide range of languages (other than                                                        National Disability Strategy   —People
                                                                                                                                        —      with disability live in accessible and well designed
     English): Italian, Greek, Arabic, Mandarin,                                                        2010-2020                       communities with opportunity for full inclusion in social,
     Vietnamese, Macedonian, Cantonese, Punjabi,                                                                                        economic, sporting and cultural life
                                                                                                        Department of Human
     Hindi and Spanish.                                                                                 Services                       —Acknowledge
                                                                                                                                        —           and support the role of families and carers
                                                                                                        National Urban Policy (May     —Harness
                                                                                                                                        —       the productivity of Australia’s people and industry
                                                                                                        2011)                           by better managing our use of labour, creativity, knowledge,
                                                                                                                                        land and infrastructure
                                                                                                        Department of Infrastructure
                                                                                                        and Transport                —Enhance
                                                                                                                                      —         the liveability of our cities by promoting better
                                                                                                                                      urban design, planning, and affordable access to recreational,
                                                                                                                                      cultural and community facilities
                                                                                                                                        —          the goals of productivity, sustainability and
                                                                                                                                        liveability through better governance and management

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Urban Design Protocol for      —Create
                                     —      the focus for people to engage with each other
     Australian Cities (Nov 2011)    (liveability)
     Department of Infrastructure —Create
                                   —      the focus for people to engage with city and place
     and Transport                 (productivity and sustainability)
                                     —       comfortable and welcoming urban spaces and
                                     —      vibrant and activated spaces, with people around
                                     —        respects the needs and aspirations of the community
                                     that lives and works there
                                     —      creates opportunities for people to prosper and local
                                     businesses to thrive
                                     —        celebrates unique characteristics – heritage, culture
                                     and community – to create a sense of place and identity
                                                                                                      Australian Curriculum    Given the high percentage of CALD population in the City
                                     —      feel safe where they live                                 (2012-2015)              of Darebin, the three overarching cross-curricular learning
                                     — place you want to visit, experience or live in                                          priorities in the emerging Australian curriculum are significant
                                                                                                      Australian Curriculum,
     ‘The People of Australia’      —Commit
                                     —         to a just, inclusive and socially cohesive society                              to the new Arts Strategy:
                                                                                                      Assessment & Reporting
                                     where everyone can participate in the opportunities              Authority                —Aboriginal
                                                                                                                                —          and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
     Australia’s Multicultural
                                     that Australia offers and where government services are
     Policy (2011)                                                                                                             The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander priority provides
                                     responsive to the needs of Australians from culturally and
     Department of Immigration                                                                                                 opportunities for all learners to deepen their knowledge of
                                     linguistically diverse backgrounds
     & Citizenship                                                                                                             Australia by engaging with the world’s oldest continuous
                                                                                                                               living cultures. Students will understand that contemporary
     ‘Powering ideas: an            —Effective
                                     —         dissemination of new technologies, processes, and                               Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are strong,
     innovation agenda for the       ideas to increase innovation across the economy, with a                                   resilient, rich and diverse.
     21st century’ (2009)            particular focus on small and medium-sized enterprises
                                                                                                                                —           engagement with Asia
     Department of Innovation,      —Encourage
                                     —          a culture of collaboration within the research
     Industry, Science, Research     sector and between researchers and enterprise                                             This priority will ensure that students learn about and
     and Tertiary Education                                                                                                    recognise the diversity within and between the countries of the
                                     —            with others in the public and community sectors                              Asia region. They will develop knowledge and understanding
                                     in the innovation system to improve policy development and                                of Asian societies, cultures, beliefs and environments, and the
                                     service delivery                                                                          connections between the peoples of Asia, Australia, and the
     National Education & the       —All
                                     — children and young people have a high quality arts                                      rest of the world.
     Arts Statement (2005)           education in every phase of learning
     Co-authored by Ministerial     —Create
                                     —      sustainable partnerships to strengthen community
                                                                                                                               Sustainability will allow all young Australians to develop the
     Council on Education, Early     identity and local cultures
                                                                                                                               knowledge, skills, values and world views necessary for them
     Childhood Development
                                     —          connections between schools and the arts and                                   to act in ways that contribute to more sustainable patterns
     and Youth Affairs with the
                                     cultural sector to enrich learning outcomes in and through                                of living. The Sustainability priority is futures-oriented,
     Cultural Ministers Council
                                     the arts                                                                                  focusing on […] creating a more ecologically and socially
                                     —         a culture of creativity in childhood and of                                     just world through informed action. Actions that support
                                     innovation in schools through fostering and showcasing                                    more sustainable patterns of living require consideration of
                                     effective programs and career pathways                                                    environmental, social, cultural and economic systems and their

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