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NSW Cultural INfrastructure consultation

NSW Cultural Infrastructure Program Management Office, Department of Planning & Environment
New South Wales, Australia
Facilitation, Insights

The Cultural Infrastructure Program Management Office (CIPMO) was established in April 2017 to enable a sector-wide coordinated response to Cultural Infrastructure in NSW. CIPMO works in collaboration with Cultural Institutions, State Significant Organisations, other Government Departments and the broader arts and culture sector to create significant cultural precincts and infrastructure for New South Wales. The formation of CIPMO is one of the first of its kind in the world.

Left Bank Co. were engaged by CIPMO to design, develop and deliver a comprehensive State-wide consultation and engagement plan in order to conduct a major information gathering exercise to shape the NSW Government’s first Cultural Infrastructure Plan. Working closely with the CIPMO team and community engagement experts from JOC Consulting, we developed a detailed engagement programme to travel to 15 locations and meet with stakeholders from the State’s arts and cultural sector, as well as run community pop-ups to meet the public. This was run in conjunction with comprehensive online surveys and other meetings, submission processes and research to inform the Plan.

Left Bank Co. ran workshops to meet with over 400 arts, culture and Council leaders to discuss the issues specific to cultural infrastructure in each region of the State. From major metro hubs, to regional cities and small rural communities, we discussed the cultural identity of places; explored the different cultural infrastructure strengths, needs and opportunities found across the regions; unpacked challenges around planning, delivering, fuding and operating cultural infrastructure; and road tested the ideas CIPMO had for the Cultural Infrastructure Plan against the realities of each community.

Following this consultation, the outcomes of this engagement were consolidated, synthesized and written up to report back to CIPMO on our findings and recommendations, informing the strategic framework, major projects and suggested policy actions for the NSW Cultural Infrastructure Plan 2025, released in late 2018.