Cultural Plan

  • Project typeStrategic Plan
  • Project scheduleTBA
  • Contractor nameCred Consulting, BHCC

What's happening?

Broken Hill City Council and Cred Consulting are currently developing a Cultural Plan that will provide an overarching framework and strategic direction for the delivery of cultural programs, services and facilities in our City for the next 20 years.

We want to hear from community members of all ages and backgrounds about your stories, aspirations, priorities and ideas to help shape the future of culture in Broken Hill. 


What is culture, anyway?

Culture means many things to many people, and it can be a difficult concept to define. In the broadest sense, culture is about who we are and the ways we live our lives – our knowledge, beliefs, behaviours, traditions, and community spirit. Culture is also about arts, heritage, events and creative expression. It is about our ability to ‘tell our story’ - an essential and defining human characteristic. The diagram below illustrates the range of ‘cultural things’ that this Cultural Plan will consider. 


Why do we need a Cultural Plan? 

Culture and the creative industries can bring significant benefits for regional and rural communities such as Broken Hill. Research shows that a strong cultural landscape can contribute to economic sustainability, enhance liveability and make communities stronger and more resilient.

In Broken Hill, we already have an incredible cultural ‘ecosystem’, including the new Cultural Precinct, cultural facilities including Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, more than 20 galleries, a proud Aboriginal community, a range of creative arts and cultural practitioners, organisations and studios, heritage buildings, famous landscapes, events and programs, desert sculptures and natural features and much more. 

The Cultural Plan will provide the strategic guidance for Council to support and strengthen the creative and cultural vitality of Broken Hill into the future, whilst working towards achieving the key economic, social, environmental and community aspirations of our City and broader region and pursue collaborative partnerships with the private sector, neighbouring Councils, State Government on some of the bigger ideas. 

Underpinning the Cultural Plan is the recognition that Aboriginal Culture is the starting place and that sharing our region’s stories, social history and attributes is an important part of our cultural identity.


What do you want to know?

The Cultural Plan will be guided by community consultation alongside independent research and industry experts. In regards to culture, we’d like to understand from you:

  • Stories about Broken Hill’s past, that can help shape its future
  • What you think is currently working and not working in Broken Hill’s culture
  • What you think the biggest challenges and opportunities are for culture in Broken Hill
  • Your ideas and aspirations for the future of culture in Broken Hill


How can I be involved?

The team from Cred and Overton will be renting a shop in Town Square (former Art Confessions store) to hold workshops and other engagement activities Between March 15-20, and an online survey is available until March 30.

The teams will also be wandering the street to survey locals, stopping in for a drink and a chat at the Palace Hotel, and hosting a stall during the Perfect Light Film Festival, so be sure to say hello and share your thoughts on the city's culture, cultural facilities, and programs!

Full list of workshops and activities below. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we only have a limited number of spaces for each event, so please register early to avoid disappointment:


WORKSHOPS: Come together as community to create a shared future vision for culture in Broken Hill


Workshop 1, Tuesday 16th March 2021 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Venue: Former Art Confessions Shop on the Town Square (7-9 Chloride Street).

Register for the evening workshop here.


Workshop 2, Wednesday 17th March 2021 9.30am – 11.30am

Venue: Former Art Confessions Shop on the Town Square (7-9 Chloride Street).

Register for the morning workshop here.


Pub chat - March 17, 6.30pm

Venue: Palace Hotel

Drop into The Palace Hotel on Wednesday evening for an informal chat with the team!  


Youth meet-up: Help shape the future of culture in Broken Hill - 18 March 2021, 4pm-5.30pm

Venue: Former Art Confessions Shop on the Town Square (7-9 Chloride Street).

At this informal after school meet-up for young people aged 12-18, we’ll explore and listen to what young people want the story of arts and culture in Broken Hill to be in the future. Young people will work together to create a fictional cultural tour set in the future, that showcases what’s special about Broken Hill – and shares the story they want to tell about their City.
Register for the Youth Workshop here.


Children’s event: What Rocks about Broken Hill? - March 20, 10.30am-12.30pm

Venue: Former Art Confessions Shop on the Town Square (7-9 Chloride Street).

Do you have child aged under 12yrs old? Come along with your whole family to our rock art craft activity session on Saturday 20th between 10.30am -12.30pm. All paints, pens and rocks provided for your little one – make sure to wear clothes that won’t be ruined by messy crafting activities. 

Free sausage sizzle from 12pm. Register for the event here.

Cultural Mixer - March 20, 3pm-5pm

Venue: Former Art Confessions Shop on the Town Square (7-9 Chloride Street).

Culture invites us and others to celebrate Broken Hill’s unique features – its place, its history, its values, and creativity.

Central to the City’s cultural future is its artists, creative thinkers, producers, volunteers, participants, and audiences. This is your chance to come and contribute to the future cultural directions and aspirations of Broken Hill.  Let’s help identify, develop, and consolidate the City’s cultural strengths. Where have we been and what are the opportunities and challenges moving forward?

Please join us on Saturday afternoon from 3pm at the pop-up shop. Conversation (Q&A) will begin with outgoing Gallery and Museum Manager reflecting on her Broken Hill cultural journey, and an introduction to the new Gallery & Museum Program Officer, sharing her views as someone new. Andrew Overton, working with Cred Consulting, will share exciting shifts in the cultural sector on a national level.

There will be live music, and light refreshments. This will be a seated event due to covid restrictions.

Stop by before heading into the Perfect Light Film Festival!

Register for the event here. 


Pop-up shop - Cultural conversations space 

Come and visit us at the ‘pop-up shop’ from 12-2pm every day between Tuesday 16th till Sat 20th March to complete some fast and interactive consultation activities… or just have a chat!  

We will be located at the former Art Confessions Shop on the Town Square (7-9 Chloride Street). No registration needed, come and say hello!

Perfect Light Film Festival stall

Venue: Civic Centre

The team will be hosting a stall at the Perfect Light film Festival on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th March 2021.



Contact details

Dionne Devlin, Community Development Officer