Ideas from the establishment of a regional orchestra to creative spaces at Victoria Park have been raised as part of the development of a cultural plan for the city.
Dubbo Regional Council is creating a Regional Cultural Program and Action Plan. It's being created in collaboration with cultural groups and members of the community as part of council's plan to reinvigorate culture across the local government area.
An intense consultation period has been undertaken by council, which raised a few ideas for the LGA. They include developing a live music policy, having a cafe or creative space in Victoria Park, the promotion of Wellington as a place of wellness and becoming a regional centre for digital and film production.
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Dubbo Regional councillor Dayne Gumley said council had never had a clear direction within the cultural space.
"I think it's important for council to go out there into the community and the speak to the stakeholders that are really involved in it and start finding a way forward so that we can support our culture in the community," Cr Gumley said.
"It's just as important as all the other areas in council. In fairness, it's been overlooked for a long time, so we're trying to remedy that and get it on the agenda."
The first step will be figuring out what culture means.
Some members of the community wanted it to include health and wellness, while others questioned if a cultural plan for the city would include sport.
"It's pretty broad and even the people who would consider themselves to be in that area probably had a pretty vague view of what culture means. That will all be part of the process," Cr Gumley said.
Community feedback will be the main driver of the plan.
"I wouldn't consider myself one of the people involved in cultural pursuits in our community. I'd be entirely reliant on what our community wants at the end of the day," Cr Gumley said.
While he hadn't personally been approached about any cultural issues, the councillor said he was always more than happy to talk to residents about their ideas.