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The arts and our libraries play an integral role in building and bringing the community together to connect through performance, painting, exhibitions, music, history, literacy, ideas, technology, and culture.

Over the last couple of years our libraries have had to communicate, connect, and do things differently with our community.

The Bayside Gallery had to find new ways to reach audiences along with its arts events and programs.

Whether or not you currently use our programs, attend exhibitions, or access our libraries we want to hear from you.

We’re aiming to create more opportunities by investing in arts and culture so that we can support our creative communities and help the industry recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

We also want to hear your ideas about how we build on our library’s role as community and cultural hubs, delivering programs and service that meet our community’s diverse and growing needs now and in the future.

Your feedback will help us understand what you and your family want to see, hear and experience in Bayside.

What we heard during engagement

We heard from over 920 community members during the first phase of engagement to develop the strategy for Libaries, arts and culture in Bayside


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Community consultation

    Contribute your ideas on what Council can do to improve its arts and library programming.

    Consultation closes 1 May 2022

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Confirm the draft goals and strategies

    Council will use your feedback to determine the key themes and areas of focus for libraries and arts programming.

    This will include evaluating the feedback that we received during the Victorian Public Library Users survey in March.

  • Timeline item 3 - active

    Draft Arts Strategic Plan developed

    The draft Libraries, Arts and Culture Strategic Plans will be discussed by the Bayside Arts and Gallery Advisory Committe in June before it goes out again for community feedback.

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Community consultation on the Draft Strategy

    Feedback on the draft strategy

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Plan Implementation

    We will provide you with a library service and an arts and culture program that is responsive and creates social connections in our community.

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PO Box 27, Sandringham VIC 3191

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