National Local Government Cultural Forum

members of the NLGCF

Welcome to the webpage of the Secretariat for the National Local Government Cultural Forum. This site provides background to the Cultural Forum and reports from each of the meetings.

The National Local Government Cultural Forum seeks to promote stronger cultural development practice in local government across Australia, by articulating and developing a national perspective.

The Cultural Forum meets twice a year, bringing together representatives from local government: the seven state and territory local government associations represented by staff of the policy units; the eight Australian capital cities who offer practical application and leadership, plus the national peak body for local government, Australian Local Government Association (ALGA).  The other members are major national stakeholders, the Australia Council for the Arts – Community Partnerships and the Commonwealth Ministry for the Arts. The Forum is managed by the Cultural Development Network (CDN) in cooperation with the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), and chaired by Penny Hutchinson, former Director of Arts Victoria.

The group meets twice yearly to set objectives, and between meetings CDN works to address the objectives, supported by members of the working groups.

The Cultural Forum commenced in 2013 for a three year term, with meetings held in Canberra and Perth. In 2014, meetings were hosted in Brisbane and Darwin, and in 2015, in Hobart and Adelaide. In 2015, the Forum received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts for a further three year program, and meetings will be held twice annually in Melbourne during the period 2016-2019.

Please use the links on the side of this page for more information.

For enquiries about the Forum’s activities, please contact the local government association in your state or territory, or CDN for general queries. Follow the group’s progress by subscribing to CDN’s monthly e-news.

Photo: Cultural Forum Members, November 2015, Adelaide. Left to right (back row): Marie Gunnell (Ministry for the Arts), Lisa Schreiber ( City of Perth), Lenine Bourke (Australia Council for the Arts), Paul Holton (CDN), Clare Hargreaves (MAV), Melanie Brown (LGAT), Sahn Cramer (City of Darwin), Alan Higgins (ArtsACT), Rachel Smithies (Australia Council for the Arts), John Smithies (CDN), Lisa Teburea (LGASA), Anna Malgorzewicz (City of Darwin). Left to right (front row): Rachel Atone (Ministry for the Arts), Katie Pack (City of Brisbane), Sally Watterson (LGNSW), Sabine Jung (City of Adelaide), Kim Dunphy (CDN), Mandy Whitford (Australia Council for the Arts), Allison Hailes (WALGA), Jo Duffy (City of Hobart).


Cultural Development Network and the National Local Government Cultural Forum
are supported by the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body.