Making a difference with Creative Placemaking

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Bellingen Shire Council will be releasing a new community grant program called Creative Placemaking.

Council’s General Manager, Liz Jeremy explains, “Placemaking is the art of turning a ‘space’ into a ‘place’ by creating memorable experiences within a public area.  It is a unique and creative approach to managing public spaces that encourages participation in a diverse range of cultural and artistic activities.  A well-managed placemaking initiative supports inclusiveness and strengthens overall community wellbeing.”

Council is looking to partner with our community to stimulate and revitalise local streets, neighbourhoods and public spaces through a series of placemaking projects.  The initiative aims to support creative industries and inspire residents to participate in transforming public spaces into bright animated places. 

This initiative is about bringing to life some of the community’s creative aspirations as outlined in both Bellingen Shire Council’s 2030 Community Vision and Public Art Plan.

The Creative Placemaking grants will be incorporated into Council’s existing community grants program with Round 1 scheduled to open in late April or early May. Individuals and not for profit organisations will be able to apply for projects such as murals, mosaics, street art, sculpture, street performances, pop up shops, banner art, etc.

For further details regarding the Creative Placemaking program contact Michael Grieve, Manager, Economic and Business Development on 6655 7300 or email