What is Port Stephens Council's role in cultural development?

Council recognises and values the role that culture plays in helping to create vibrant and healthy communities and the Port Stephens Cultural Plan 2015– 2018 clearly articulates Council's commitment to ensuring access to and participation in local cultural activity. The Cultural Plan can be viewed on the Port Stephens Council website.

What is the Port Stephens Cultural Interagency?

The Port Stephens Cultural Interagency is a quarterly meeting / forum for both aspiring and established creative industry professionals, interested individuals and community organisations to share ideas and connect around creative ideas and projects. If you would like to join in the next Cultural Interagency, contact the Community Development and Engagement Unit on 02 4980 0255 or visit the Port Stephens Council Events Calendar.

Which Council volunteer committees are associated with cultural development?

Volunteers in Port Stephens are the lifeblood of our local area as they donate their time and energy to a range of activities that benefit our whole community.Council works closely with 355c Advisory Committees, who assist in the facilitation and delivery of services.

The 355c volunteer committees of Council specifically associated with culture are:

Strategic Arts Committee
Quarterly committee meetings are held in respect of Arts and Culture in Port Stephens and members provide assistance with the formulation of policies and plans pertaining to arts and culture. Membership to the committee is via the volunteer nomination form and is dependent on vacancies.

Heritage Advisory Committee
Regular committee meetings are held in respect to the historic environment and through this forum the various heritage interest groups in the area have an opportunity, through Council, to actively participate in the conservation and management of the areas important heritage buildings, places and items.

Aboriginal Strategic Committee
The 355c Aboriginal Strategic Committee consists of representatives from both the Aboriginal community and Council. Representatives from both the Karuah Local Aboriginal Land Council and the Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council are represented on the Committee.

Other 355c groups include:

Sister Cities
Port Stephens Sister Cities Committee aims to promote communication between cities leading to friendship, understanding between nations & worldwide peace. We formed in 1988 with our first sister city Bellingham USA. We have since established sister city agreements with Kushiro, Yugawara and Tateyama in Japan, and friendship relationships with Victoria - Canada, Tauranga - New Zealand and Nahodka - Russia. We arrange regular student & adult exchanges & home hosting with our sister cities.

The Port Stephens Community Choir
Port Stephens Community Choir is a group of volunteers who enjoy singing and bringing joy through music and song. The choir perform at Council cultural and civic events as required, with numerous other non-council related community performances throughout the LGA.

More information about Advisory Panels and Committees and their specialised roles is available on Council's website here.

What is the Mariners' Walk Heritage Trail?

The Mariners' Walk Naval Commemoration Project was instigated by the Port Stephens Historical Society. The project seeks to commemorate the history of Port Stephens' mariners through interpretative displays and signage in Soldiers Point and Salamander Bay.

The Mariners Walk Heritage Trail is an initiative of the Port Stephens Historical Society in partnership with Port Stephens Council. The journey, both in the planning stages and into the future with the need for ongoing maintenance and promotion, involves the Salamander Bay Soldiers Point Parks 355c Committee; the Mambo Wetlands Parks Committee 355c and the Lions Club of Soldiers Point.

The project was possible thanks to a grant from the National Maritime Museum and funding from the NSW State Government Community Builders Program.

The Mariner's Walk project is a great example of Council assisting community groups to prepare a quality product which showcases the areas history and culture. Further details can be found on Council's website.