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Coffs Harbour City Council wants to hear your views.
Coffs Harbour City Council wants to hear your views. ROB WRIGHT

CULTURE - it means different things to different people.

Be it song, dance, music, artworks, video, history or heritage, books, drama, buildings or mime, Coffs Harbour City Council wants to hear your views on the region's current and future cultural events, facilities and opportunities.

Jenni Eakins, Council's Executive Manager of Community Services said the goal is to create a Culture Policy that will direct Council's future actions and resources in this sector.

In a first for Council, the public is asked to put thoughts and ideas online - to share and discuss with other members of the community - via a specially-created forum at www.coffsculture.wordpress.com.

"We always try and give as many people as possible the opportunity to comment and be a part of local discussions on the strategies that affect us all," Ms Eakins said.

"But we're very aware that people lead busy lives and don't always have the time to attend public meetings or write long and detailed submissions on a particular issue.

"That's why we decided to set up an online forum," she said.

Running from March 31 until May 14, the website will pose a series of weekly questions to help people consider their views and aspirations on culture locally.

"Ideally, we'd like to hear from the youngest to the oldest residents and all ages, backgrounds and experiences in between," Ms Eakins said.

The website allows users to see comments and add to the discussions, reply to feedback and have a conversation.

Each week, the previous week's comments and questions will be archived on the site so that the discussions remain visible as the process moves along.

A draft Cultural Policy will be developed using the ideas and comments from the online forum, which is expected to be put forward to Council in June.

Once the draft policy has been approved by Council, it will go out again for public comment, before a final version is formally adopted later in the year.

To join or view the discussion go to www.coffsculture.wordpress.com or click through from Council's website at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au.

Topics:  coffs harbour, culture policy


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