phase 1 engagement update

Thanks to everyone who took part in Phase 1 of the GS Create community and stakeholder engagement program!

Phase 1 included a broad scale survey and five creative Think Tanks held in Mt Barker, Albany, Katanning, Denmark and Jerramungup.

A high level snapshot of some of the Phase 1 outcomes is highlighted here:


people completed the survey

Majority of respondents were aged between


1 in 5 belonged to an arts organisation or group


were female


Of respondents work in the cultural sector

Our cultural identity was described as:

  • Down to earth, community values

  • Climate and the natural environment

  • Creative, diverse local community

  • Aboriginal cultural heritage

  • Multicultural layers

  • A region transforming over time

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Approximately 80 people attended a Creative Think Tank

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Strengths and opportunities:

  • Strengthen profile of Aboriginal cultural heritage

  • Improving cross-region communication and collaboration

  • Activities and experiences for young people

  • Need for professional exhibition spaces

  • Need for career and education pathways


Challenges and considerations:

  • Funding, grants and business support

  • The need for a clear vision

  • Infrastructure limitations - affordable access to creative spaces, tools

  • Volunteer fatigue

  • 'Joining up' regional marketing and promotional activity

  • Supporting artists to transition from hobby to commercial levels


Phase 2 of the engagement program will happen in July 2021 and will include:

  • Meetings and round tables with industry stakeholders and interest groups

  • Engaging with Traditional Custodians.

When this is complete, a strategic framework will be developed, outlining the vision, strategic objectives, goals and guiding principles for the Strategy. This will be shared with stakeholders before the draft strategy is developed.