Innovative Gannawarra receives national award

By Riverine Herald

GANNAWARRA Shire Council has won the Arts Animates – excellence in building vibrant and resilient communities category in the 2018 National Awards for Local Government.

The award acknowledges the council’s innovative approach to delivering a performing arts program in partnership with the community.

Mayor Brian Gibson said it was a great honour for council to win this national award.

“Small communities right across the Gannawarra Shire have embraced the opportunity to be involved in arts and culture,” he said.

“Partnering with our small communities particularly to host a range of theatre productions has been a fantastic way of facilitating partnerships within and between communities and has really added life to a lot of our smaller venues.”

Cr Gibson said council’s arts and culture officer Kirsty Orr worked closely with individuals and community groups to select theatre productions to show at local venues and to build confidence around hosting high quality events.

“This ensures wider community support in attending the shows selected and helps build capacity for hosting events in the future,’’ he said.

‘‘Winning this award is also recognition for our communities that have so eagerly participated in the program.”

As one of the 10 category winners in the 2018 National Awards for Local Government, the Gannawarra Shire Council is now in line to be selected as the winner of the 2018 National Award for Excellence in Local Government.

The winner of the national award for excellence will be announced at the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly Dinner in Canberra on Tuesday, June 19.