School children view one of the school's entries in the competition.
School children view one of the school's entries in the competition. Trevor Veale

Creative arts lead the way in Vision 2030 display

COFFS Coast artists have been rewarded for their vision by sharing in $1900 in prize money.

The winners of the Vision 2030 creative arts competitions were named at a ceremony at the Palms Shopping Centre yesterday.

The winning entries will be displayed on the stage outside Big W until November 21.

"The imagination and vision that these artists and writers displayed are a real inspiration and I would urge the community to come along to the display and see how these talented people view their ideal future," Coffs Harbour’s deputy mayor, Cr Bill Palmer, said.

The competitions were part of the first stage of the Coffs Harbour 2030 project where the community will lead the way in planning the future of our area.

The ultimate aim is to establish a blueprint on which our future economic, transport, housing, lifestyle and environmental goals will be founded.

Stage one of the process is the creation of a long-term vision for the community, by the community – Vision 2030.

The Vision 2030 document is being drafted after a community-wide survey, workshops, the creative arts competitions and a recent telephone poll.

The draft Vision 2030 is expected to be on public exhibition in December and January.

The next stage will produce Coffs Harbour 2030, a plan outlining the steps needed to realise the goals set by the community in Vision 2030.

The aim of the arts competitions was to explore what people value about Coffs Harbour and how they would like to see our area in the future, illustrated through visual arts, photography and writing.

The themes for each category were:!

  • Visual arts (2D and 3D): ‘How I would like to see Coffs Harbour in the future’.
  • Photography: ‘What I value about Coffs Harbour now'.
  • Short story/poetry schools competition: ‘How I want my town to be in the year 2030’.

As many as 86 entries came in across these categories.

Each category had a top prize of $150 and there are runners-up prizes of $50

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