The District’s Aboriginal people, their histories and connections to Country and community make a valuable and continuing contribution to the District’s heritage, culture and identity.
Supporting Aboriginal self-determination, economic participation and contemporary cultural expression through initiatives such as the development of culturally-appropriate social infrastructure will strengthen the District’s identity and cultural richness.
The District contains landholdings acquired under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 where Local Aboriginal Land Councils can work towards planning outcomes that will help support selfdetermination and economic participation.
As this District Plan is implemented, engagement with Aboriginal communities will be founded on self-determination and mutual respect to foster opportunities for economic participation, culturally appropriate social infrastructure and contemporary cultural expression.
Supporting creative enterprise and cultural expression
Cultural expression and creative expression promote understanding of peoples experience. Place-based planning will build on the District’s artistic, heritage, cultural, volunteering and creative strengths.
Co-locating artistic and creative organisations will support creative enterprises and precincts. This requires planning for multi-functional and shared spaces with opportunities for artists and makers to live, work, exhibit, sell and learn locally.
Cultural diversity is celebrated by the communities of the South District and includes cultural events and celebrations such as NAIDOC Week, National Reconciliation Week, Haldon Street Festival, Lunar New Year Festival in the Hurstville and Kogarah, Campsie Festival and Bankstown Bites Festival.
The Districts’s artistic and cultural experiences are supported by:
- arts and cultural facilities, including the Bankstown Arts Centre and Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery and workshops
- Kogarah Library, Sutherland Entertainment Centre and local public libraries
- open space and recreational facilities such as Endeavour Field (Shark Park), Jubilee Oval, Belmore Sports Ground, The Crest Sporting Complex, Bass Hill and local sports ovals.
Creative and cultural expression are also a hallmark of innovation, and innovation underpins the productivity of a 21st century city. Creative industries- a core elements of an innovative economy – have a growing role in the District’s productivity, with creativity, entrepreneurship, technical ability and collaboration being essential skills for the future workforce.
Support for a wide range of creative enterprises and opportunities for cultural expression will expand arts and cultural institutions, and support audience and artist participation. Locations to consider for creative industries and cultural enterprises may include underutilised mixed-use areas and ground level commercial or declining high streets.
In particular, providing better and more opportunities for creative industries to collaborate with health and education can also facilitate innovation.
The NSW Cultural Infrastructure Program Management Office is working with Infrastructure NSW to develop a cultural infrastructure strategy, which will include strategies and actions for Greater Sydney. A place-based approach involving artists, cultural organisations and local councils are critical to this plan.
Local cultural and arts networks such as those that centre on facilities like the Bankstown Arts Centre and the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and workshops recognise that place-based approaches can develop local artistic and creative culture. However, more facilities to support arts and culture are required.
The District’s cultural vibrancy is reinforced by night-time activities, from popular eat streets, clubs and small bars to cinemas, arts and cultural activities. Stimulating and diversifying the nighttime economy in appropriate locations can support local economies and culture. This can generally occur in mixed-use centres with adequate noise control, locally appropriate operating hours and safe late-night travel options.