Cultural Infrastructure Strategy

Culture and the Arts (WA), a division of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC), has produced the first draft cultural infrastructure strategy for Western Australia.

The Draft WA Cultural Infrastructure Strategy (the Draft Strategy) has been prepared for stakeholder consultation based on a desktop review of: existing cultural infrastructure strategies, State planning frameworks, policies and blueprints; strategic cultural regions and cities relevant to Western Australia; emerging global trends; and cultural planning best practice.

A staged stakeholder consultation process has commenced on the Draft Strategy, with a series of consultations planned from June 2018. There will be opportunity for public comment on the Draft Strategy in 2019.

Why does WA need a cultural infrastructure strategy?

• Culture plays an essential role in public planning and must be strategically integrated into State planning policy and investment if its benefits are to be realised.

• The Cultural Infrastructure Strategy will celebrate Western Australia’s rich traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture.

• Strategic investment in cultural infrastructure leads to: a vibrant state; empowered communities; stronger economies; promoting Western Australia as a destination of choice; connected places; global competitiveness; productivity; cultural, social and environmental sustainability; equity; and urban and regional development.

• Cultural infrastructure is essential to enabling a strong arts and cultural sector. Western Australia has incredible cultural assets ready for renewal and recognition. These are diverse and unique sites and places that can contribute to the identity and growth of Western Australia.

• Cultural infrastructure needs to be high quality and fit-for-purpose for the great variety of cultural practice in the State. It also needs to be responsive to community needs so that our cultural ecologies can thrive.

• The Strategy will identify key opportunities in Western Australia for well-planned cultural infrastructure to maximise its suburban, regional, remote and urban cultural assets.

How long will it take for the WA Cultural Infrastructure Strategy to be developed?

The major phases of the project are shown below with indicative target timings (subject to change).

• Phase 1: Aboriginal stakeholder consultation and internal government stakeholder consultation commenced – June 2018

• Phase 2: Industry stakeholder consultation commenced – September 2018

• Phase 3: Community and public stakeholder consultation commencing in 2019

• Consultation completed in 2019

What happens next?

There will be opportunities to provide input and feedback on the Draft WA Cultural Infrastructure Strategy. Please register your interest in the consultation on the Draft WA Cultural Infrastructure Strategy by emailing the Department at researchca@dlgsc.wa.gov.au