Port Macquarie-Hastings Council responds to Cr Rob Turner's question about public art

New look: The Town Square has been upgraded to ensure it meets future community needs.
New look: The Town Square has been upgraded to ensure it meets future community needs.

Ephemeral art could be introduced into the Town Square during cultural events.

However, there are currently no plans to install additional public art in the Town Square.

The information was contained in a report to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s February meeting in response to a question from Cr Rob Turner.

The report said the relocation of the cenotaph as a centrepiece of the Town Square provided a focal point for locals and visitors alike.

“As a space designed for flexible use, it is proposed that Town Square will have additional umbrellas and module planter boxes installed in the near future to allow for a raft of activities and interchangeable spaces,” the report said.

“There will be potential to introduce ephemeral art into the square through cultural events, or the use of parklets, as well as programmed lighting displays.”

Council’s Cultural Plan 2016-2019 identifies the need to develop a public art strategy as a key action.

The report said this was in line with ensuring an integrated approach within the council and identifying opportunities for arts and culture in the development of plans and major projects. 

The development of a Public Art Policy and Public Art Strategy would drive the placement and criteria for the installation and commissioning of public art across the local government area, the report said.

“This will identify key locations for public art, funding for art as well as developing key public art trails,” the report said.

Any public art installations within the Town Green will provide vistas of public art for people in the Town Square.

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