Shire wants your views on public art

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The Shire of Broome is seeking community input into a new Public Art Master Plan that aims to invigorate the Broome town site through public art.

The draft plan has been developed following consultation with stakeholders in the community and the Shire's Arts, Culture and Heritage Advisory Committee, comprised of community members, councillors and Shire staff.

Shire of Broome manager community development, Suzie Haslehurst, said the plan focused on Chinatown initially, in accordance with the Chinatown Development Strategy.

"In the first instance, we intend to use public art as a means of activating Chinatown, but it is also envisaged the plan will form the basis for a wider town-site approach," she said.

"The draft master plan suggests three narratives as a guide for the development of public art in the town - contemporary cultural richness, the natural environment, and our archaeological, cultural and industrial heritage.

"It also recommends potential locations and types of artworks to be used, from murals and small discovery artworks, to functional works, through to threshold entry statements.

"It's very exciting to develop a plan that can help to facilitate some public art in Broome. We're looking forward to the opportunity to engage local and visiting artists to contribute to the cultural and artistic richness of the town's landscape."

An information session will be held on Wednesday, October 29, from 5.30pm to 7pm at the Broome Public Library for those interested in finding out more and providing feedback, with RSVPs required to library@broome.wa.gov .au or 9191 3477.

The draft master plan is available from the Shire of Broome website at www.broome.wa.gov.au or to view at the Shire administration office. Submissions will be received until 4pm on October 31, 2014.

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