Draft Creative Indigo Strategy 2023 -2027

Submissions closing on 24 February 2023, 05:00 PM


At its December meeting, Council endorsed the Draft Creative Indigo 2023 -2027 for the purposes of public exhibition.

After extensive consultation with key stakeholders and the community, we're now inviting the community to review and provide feedback on this important plan for our communities. 


Indigo is a creative community where the arts are celebrated and supported and we recognise the strong community wellbeing, economic and tourism benefits of a creative Shire. Therefore, we made a commitment to support our creative communities in our 2021 -2025 Council Plan with a key action to develop an Arts Strategy for Indigo Shire and progress key priorities. 

The Draft Creative Indigo Strategy was co-designed with the Arts Strategy Steering Committee.  This committee was appointed in October 2021 following an expression of interest and selection process.  The steering committee has been instrumental in developing the scope of the project, selecting the consultants Future Tense, determining the strategic themes, developing the engagement approach and designing the ongoing governance structure. The committee acted as a sounding board throughout the process and provided critical guidance.

The Strategy is designed to be a goal driven and outcome focused document that will be strongly linked to the Council Plan and other strategic planning documents.

Creative Indigo Strategy 

Arts and culture are central to how we live our lives. It is how we tell our stories, build a sense of belonging and grow our understanding of the world. It provides a vehicle for exploring new ideas and ways of thinking, which develop our capacity to engage with our current challenges and create the future we want for our region.

The Creative Indigo Strategy articulates our shared aspirations for the cultural life of the Shire. It is a whole of community approach which is designed to guide how Council will direct its resources and energies, highlighting key areas of focus for the next five years.

There are six strategies articulated in the Creative Indigo Strategy:

1.  Identify opportunities to deliver creative outcomes in the public realm 

2. Facilitate creative development programs with the community 

3. Expand opportunities for First Peoples creative practice and the visibility of their living cultures

4. Showcase our creative talent and successes (big and small!) 

5. Foster sector development and connection to opportunities

6. Identify and support the development of fit-for-purpose creative spaces

Engagement undertaken during the development of Creative Indigo included:

  • Seven Shire tours held in Rutherglen, Chiltern, Wahgunyah, Corowa, Barnawatha, Wodonga, Yackandandah, Beechworth, Stanley, Tangambalanga and Kiewa 

  • Seven public forums were held across the Shire with 68 participants

  • Fiver project steering meetings

  • Traditional owners' engagement

  • 155 responses to an online survey

  • 39 individual consultations

Next steps

The Draft Creative Indigo Strategy is now on exhibition for the community to provide any additional input. The public exhibition phase is designed to invite the community  to provide feedback on the strategy, ensuring the strategy is a true reflection of the community's needs. 

You can provide feedback either at the drop-in sessions (details below) or by a written submission. 

There will be two engagement sessions held where Council staff or our consultant will be available with steering committee representatives to discuss the plan. 

  • Saturday 4 February 9-11am at Martins Lane, Chiltern
  • Saturday 18 February 4-6pm at Beechworth IGA, Beechworth


How to make a submission

Submissions should be addressed to the Creative Communities Coordinator and be received by 5pm on Friday 24 February, 2023. 

Submissions can be sent to info@indigoshire.vic.gov.au or by mail to PO Box 28, Beechworth 3747.