Kiama Greens Heritage and Cultural Policy
That Kiama LGA has a vibrant cultural life that reflects the needs of all groups in the community and which actively supports the creativity of our citizens.
That broad respect and understanding exists for the heritage of the area, both Indigenous and European, which leads to appropriate levels of protection for important cultural icons.
That broad respect and understanding exists for the built heritage of the area which leads to appropriate levels of protection for important cultural sites and precincts.
Kiama Greens recognise:
- That the cultural life of our community is in need of greater support from all levels of Government;
- That there is need for professional support for our cultural and heritage assets such as public art items, temporary and permanent display of Council-owned assets, and the Pilot’s Cottage Museum and Gerringong’s Heritage Museum;
- That a sense of place and identity is important for community cohesion;
- The high value placed on history and heritage by the Kiama community;
- The existing importance of local festivals, performances, art exhibitions, film and new media screenings in the cultural life of Kiama;
- The importance of libraries in the cultural life of the community and that funding for libraries from other levels of government is decreasing; and
- That the availability of creative spaces for exhibitions, performances, rehearsals and workshops is lacking within the Local Government Area.
Kiama Greens will work to:
- Implement the strategies of the Kiama Cultural Plan.
- Recognise the importance of the local Indigenous culture and to develop links with the local indigenous community.
- Support the development of cultural trails which inform both residents and visitors and seek innovation in the way Kiama heritage stories are told, recognising the social, architectural, Indigenous and European facets of Kiama’s history.
- Lobby for the construction of a multi-purpose Cultural Facility as an addition to the Old Fire Station with the possibility of expanding the ambulance station site at Hindmarsh Park. This will involve lobbying the State Government for the relocation of the Ambulance Station.
- Recognise and support the artistic achievements of the residents of the Kiama LGA to the same degree that sporting and business achievements are recognised.
- Strengthen planning for heritage protection and support for heritage restoration projects, including encouraging appropriate tenants such as community health professionals at Kiama Hospital and artists, writers and other compatible creative work for vacant state owned heritage buildings, such as Barroul House. The Police Sergeant’s residence is currently the subject of an Aboriginal Land Claim so it would be inappropriate to speculate on that site at this time.
- Develop programs for all ages which encourage creative learning and participation in the arts.
- Find ways of increasing funding to the community via the Cultural Grants Program.
- Ensure that funding of libraries continues to support their important place in the cultural and educational well-being of the community.
- Promote awareness of the different cultural backgrounds of the municipality’s villages and towns.
- Seek annual funding for a part-time museum officer at the Pilot’s Cottage Museum and Gerringong Heritage Museum, and ways to create and market innovative heritage programs, especially in winter.