Camden Council's Cultural Plan, detailing practical cultural objectives, goals, outcomes and actions for the local area for the years 2008 - 2013


  • Graphic and Web Design and Publishing
  • Policy, Planning and Implementation


  • Camden Council
  • Cultural Plan Community Advisory Group
  • ArtsNSW
  • University of Western Sydney, School of Management, Campbelltown


  • Co-authoring / copywriting
  • Printed edition design and artwork
  • Website design and production
  • Co-devising and delivery of a range of pilot programs to initiate the plan's implementation

Culture is an area in which all governments, including local government, are investing significant funds and resources.

In 2006, with support and guidelines provided by Arts NSW, Camden Council undertook to prepare a cultural plan for the people of its Local Government Area.

Following community and cross-organisational consultations under the direction of Council’s Cultural Development Coordinator, Angela Pasqua, a plan with clear actions and outcomes founded on practical pilot projects was devised.

It was imperative to move beyond the plan being merely a research paper. For this reason, a key strategy to ensure success was to initiate pilot projects to trial-run some of the research findings during the plan’s development.

Another key concern was turning the plan into a ‘living’ document. Building upon process, partnerships and outcomes already established, the next step was to facilitate accessibility through connectivity by developing an interactive website.

The document was adapted for the web with a basic architecture for further expandability so that it may eventually become a ‘live’ document.


Instilling a sense of CULTURAL and LIFESTYLE VITALITY


  1. Cultural development will be integrated into Council's management and strategic planning processes
  2. An increased visibility of Camden's cultural identity
  3. A range of simple ways available by which to participate and engage in the cultural life of Camden
  4. Culture and the arts will become a recognised component of the sport and recreational needs of the community

Ensuring community cultural EQUITY and DIVERSITY


  1. A community that has maintained and enhanced its social networks to form ties that bind
  2. Public space and community services and facilities that accommodate and reflect the demography, values, needs and aspirations of a range of people, meeting the increasing demand as and when it occurs, not simply applied as an afterthought
  3. A community offering access to involvement in the arts and culture for people covering a broad spectrum of ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds, inclusive of minorities and special interest groups
  4. A variety of spaces and opportunities appropriate for the provision of youth services and activities
  5. Equitable access without barriers to the possibilities of creative exploration and expression through the arts, particularly for people with a disability

Developing a sense of URBAN PLACE and BUSINESS SPACE


  1. Through best practice urban design, the various precincts of the Camden LGA come alive and perform better for their people and commercial sectors
  2. There are increased tourism and visitor opportunities
  3. There are increased employment opportunities for residents in the tourism / hospitality sector within the LGA
  4. There are a greater number of exhibitors, performing artists, etc, working in the area
  5. There are greater opportunities for designers and artists to service and partner with other local businesses

Referencing local HISTORY and HERITAGE


  1. The unique beauty of the natural environment is evident throughout the LGA and is cared for and protected
  2. The historical and cultural significance of the indigenous landowners is understood, recognised and enhanced throughout the LGA
  3. The history of the origins of early European settlement in Camden is understood and recognised throughout the LGA
  4. The history and heritage of the many cultures of all our residents is acknowledged and celebrated throughout the LGA

Providing opportunities for FURTHER EDUCATION and TRAINING


  1. There are increased opportunities for people to access both formal and non-formal education - particularly in arts and culture - throughout the area
  2. There is a greater level of literacy across visual, aural, motion and interactive media throughout the LGA