Arts group, Shire sign agreement

Narooma School of Arts and Eurobodalla Shire Council have signed a memorandum of understanding for a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to developing creative arts infrastructure in Narooma and the shire.

The council’s general manager Catherine Dale said the memorandum acknowledged the school’s role in developing arts infrastructure in Narooma.

“The council supports the commitment, ownership and investment they have already dedicated to the arts and values an ongoing partnership with them in developing future arts infrastructure in Narooma,” Dr Dale said.

‘We see great value in the plans the School of Arts has developed to date.

“The council is able to strongly support future funding opportunities to realise shared strategic outcomes to meet the community’s needs and aspirations.”

School of Arts spokesperson Laurelle Pacey welcomed the initiative.

“Part of the (memorandum) is that the council would also assist us with professional advice on funding applications, as well as on infrastructure project management and associated activities, should the organisation decide to proceed with plans for a new community and arts centre,” Ms Pacey said.

The Narooma community owns and manages its own land and buildings dedicated to the arts (the Memorial Hall /Kinema, School of Arts’ Studios and SoART Gallery).

They are held in trust for the community by Narooma School of Arts & Soldiers’ War Memorial Hall Inc. and managed by a voluntary committee.

The hall is leased to the Griffiths to operate as twin cinemas and as a venue for the performing arts.

SIGNED OFF: Kim Bush and Catherine Dale, of Eurobodalla Shire Council, and Narooma School of Arts representatives Joy Macfarlane and Laurelle Pacey.

SIGNED OFF: Kim Bush and Catherine Dale, of Eurobodalla Shire Council, and Narooma School of Arts representatives Joy Macfarlane and Laurelle Pacey.

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