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Gunnedah Council Consults with Community for the Vibrant Precinct Project

Gunnedah Shire Council has received funding from the Department of Industry through The Future Towns Plans Project that was rolled out across Regional NSW earlier this year.
The grant allocation is being used to kick-start the Gunnedah Shire Council Vibrant Precinct Project which will focus on site activation in order to increase vibrancy within the Downtown Precinct. The project will explore a number of themes including how contemporary and accessible arts may assist in creating vibrant spaces that are activated all year round.
As part of the project, Council will be undertaking consultation with a number of stakeholders to explore the concept of site activation within the Gunnedah Shire.
Gunnedah Shire Council welcomes business and industry representatives to share their ideas on site activation and creating vibrancy in our CBD and Downtown Precinct at a Business Breakfast from 7.30am to 9.00am Friday, 5 May 2017 at the Smithurst Theatre, Conadilly Street, Gunnedah.
There are also opportunities for Gunnedah’s young people and youth representatives to participate in workshops from 10:00am – 11:00am at the Smithurst Theatre; with mapping and interactive activities that will explore innovative and fresh ways to inject colour into our CBD.
The Creative Industry Workshop taking place on Friday, 5 May from 2:00pm – 5:00pm will provide a forum for arts enthusiasts and Indigenous groups to participate in community brainstorming to assist with development of new ideas relating to vibrancy. This workshop will include a site tour through the CBD. The Site tour is expected to take one hour with non-walking options available.
For others who would like to have their say or are unable to participate at other times, there is an open day at the Smithurst Theatre for community members to explore what site activation can look like. This is the perfect opportunity to further explore how we can make our town more vibrant. The Smithurst will be open from 9:00 am to 2:00pm on Saturday, 6 May for all to come along and share their ideas.
“We’re so excited about the Vibrant Precinct Project and the potential benefits for Gunnedah and the CBD. We’re looking forward to seeing how arts and culture, among many other factors, can contribute to site activation and how creating vibrant spaces can attract and enhance visitor numbers through cultural participation. We see lots of potential and we’re keen to explore this with the community.” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Arts and Cultural Officer, Lauren Mackley said.
For more information about how to participate with these workshops or to RSVP your attendance, please call Gunnedah Shire Council’s Arts and Cultural Officer Lauren Mackley on (02) 6740 2100 or email on