Draft Strategy

Greater, Creative, Bendigo draft Strategy has been developed after extensive consultation and feedback from the community.

We would like to hear from you, tell us what you think!

Complete the online survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/gcbdraft which closes Wednesday September 5, 2018.

Or email us at [email protected]

Or write to us at Regional Sustainable Development Unit, City of Greater Bendigo, PO Box 733, Bendigo, Vic 3552.

Creative Conversations III: Creative Bendigo

With the release of Greater, Creative, Bendigo draft Strategy, a free event – Creative Conversations III: Creative Bendigo – was held as part of the Bendigo Writers Festival on Friday August 10, 2018 at Ulumbarra Theatre.

This event is the third in a series of Creative Conversations which have been held during the development of the Strategy. Hosted by David Astle, the discussion panel featured Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke, Marcus Westbury, La Trobe University Associate Professor Jacqueline Millner, Dja Dja Wurrung Woman, Cultural Interpreter and Storyteller Bec Phillips, and Bendigo Writers Festival Director Rosemary Sorensen.

The panel discussed how we can turn ideas into practice, embed creativity into everything we do, and work together to celebrate our creative strengths. For more information, please see the above link (Creative Conversation III: Creative Bendigo).

What happens next?

Community consultation on the Greater, Creative, Bendigo draft Strategy closes on Wednesday September 5, 2018.

The draft Strategy will be refined based on feedback from the community and other stakeholders, with the aim of having the final strategy adopted by Council in December 2018.

How did we reach this point?

Stage 1 – September to December 2017

  • Background research and community consultation provided direction for the Strategy
  • Creative Conversations I held in November

Stage 2 – January to May 2018

  • Draft Vision developed based on industry and community feedback from Stage 1
  • Creative Conversations II: Showcase held in April

Stage 3 – June to September 2018  *we are here*

  • Technical Advisory Group consulted
  • Draft Strategy developed based on feedback from Stage 2
  • Creative Conversations III: Creative Bendigo held in August

Stage 4 – October to December 2018

  • Draft Strategy refined based on feedback from Stage 3
  • Final Strategy to Council for adoption

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Following the success of the previous Arts and Culture Strategy 2008-2011, the City is developing a new Arts and Creative Industry Strategy. The new strategy embraces a new approach to thinking about creativity in our region.

Creative Conversations

Creative Conversations are an important part of the City of Greater Bendigo’s engagement during the preparation of this Strategy. We want to challenge the way people think about the creative industries and what the future might look like.


The City of Greater Bendigo will be holding a series of Creative Conversations over the development of the strategy, each with a different panel of industry speakers who will question and discuss what they think will make Greater Bendigo an even more imaginative and inspiring city and region.

Contact us

If you have any questions on this project or any of our projects please contact the Regional Sustainable Development Unit on 03 5434 6000 or [email protected]

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