Council takes out arts category at national award
  • Friday 20 April 2012

Sunshine Coast Council has been announced as the winner of the Active Arts category of the 2012 National Awards for Local Government, designed to recognise and reward local councils for their important work in supporting their communities.

Executive Director of Community Services, Coralie Nichols said this award is a wonderful acknowledgement of council's regional achievements attained via the commitment of councillors, great interdepartmental partnerships and meaningful engagement with children, young people and adults living and working on the Sunshine Coast.

"We were chosen for our innovation and best practice, how we deliver services and celebrate green art in the community," she said.

"Today we celebrate this national award together with the community and importantly it highlights green art as a real point of difference for our region.

"The Sunshine Coast is renowned for the wealth of creative activity spawned by the community's love of the region's environment.

"For many years, artists, arts organisations and the community have contributed to and participated in a range of programs, festivals and events which celebrate our green attributes.

"Floating Land, Splash, Festival of the Waters, TreeLine, Projections, Kids Teaching Kids conference, Green June and the Glossies are just a few of the green art programs that showcase and celebrate our environment by using materials and processes that avoid an adverse environmental impact.

"In 2011, council opened the Art and Ecology Centre at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden and hosts a range of art and science programs which attract diverse audiences of all ages."

Ms Nichols said council has a suite of planning documents, including our own Corporate Plan, which respect the region's environmental assets.

"Green Art helps deliver the actions in a number of these documents which include the Biodiversity Strategy, Climate Change and Peak Oil Strategy and Public Art Policy," she said.

"Led by the council’s Creative Communities team, green art activities involve collaboration across a number of council units - social, environment and infrastructure services.

"Importantly, winning this award will enable further recognition of the region's significant environmental and creative assets.

"Our Creative Communities Manager has headed to Canberra to present our entry to the national judging panel for consideration for the overall 2012 National Award for Excellence in Local Government."

The 27 category winners for the 2012 National Awards for Local Government were judged by independent judging panels and were selected from over 370 entries. Category winners will now be considered for the overall 2012 National Award for Excellence in Local Government, judged by an independent panel and announced at the National General Assembly of the Australian Local Government Association in Canberra in June 2012.