Minutes of Meeting










Public Art Panel Meeting





Council Chambers/ Zoom, Station Street, Mullumbimby


Thursday, 29 October 2020












Public Art Panel Meeting Minutes                                                    29 October 2020




Minutes of the Public Art Panel Meeting held on Thursday, 29 October 2020

File No: I2020/1656


PRESENT:   Cr J Hackett, Cr S Ndiaye, Cr S Richardson


Staff:   Joanne McMurtry (Community Project Officer)

            Rob Appo (Acting Community & Cultural Development Coordinator)


Invited Members:  

Community Representatives:   Rick Molloy, Julie Lipsett, Denise Napier, Lisa Hochhauser, Jack Dods



Cr Ndiaye (Chair) opened the meeting at 2.06pm and acknowledged that the meeting was being held on Bundjalung Country.




There were no apologies.


Declarations of Interest – Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary


There were no declarations of interest.




Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meetings

Report No. 3.1             Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting

File No:                        I2020/1626


Committee Recommendation:

That the minutes of the Public Art Panel Extraordinary Meeting held on 20 August 2020 be confirmed.



The recommendation was put to the vote and declared carried.




Staff Reports - Corporate and Community Services

Report No. 4.1             Mullumbimby Talking Street Trial

File No:                        I2020/1606


Committee Recommendation:

That the Public Art Panel:


1.       Notes the project information provided;


2.       Provides the following feedback:


a.       The Panel supports a delay in the project’s art components due to time and budgetary pressures and requests that the art coordinator role be delivered by the incoming Arts and Cultural Officer who will work with the project team to deliver the art components of the project. 


b.      That the Arts and Culture officer propose some delivery options for the art components within the Talking Street.


3.       Notes that existing Public Art Panel members also participate in the Place Planning Collective and could assist as a conduit between the two to support a more integrated approach to delivering shared public art and placemaking outcomes.



The recommendation was put to the vote and declared carried.


Cr Richardson left the meeting.



Report No. 4.2             Public Art Conservation and Maintenance

File No:                        I2019/1228


Committee Recommendation:

That the Public Art Panel:

1.       Notes the current list of Public Artworks in Council’s Asset Management System.


2.       Notes that the recently adopted Open Spaces Asset Management Plan includes public art assets and identifies that current budget allocation for assets outlined in the plan is insufficient to sustain assets at the desired standard.


3.       Recommends Council establishes a Public Art Maintenance Reserve in the Open Spaces and Recreation budget of $10,000 per annum, commencing in the 2021/22 financial year, to cover the cost of annual inspections, conservation and maintenance.


4.       That the Public Art Maintenance budget be spent only on works that are not scheduled for replacement or maintenance under a separate Council budget or project.



The recommendation was put to the vote and declared carried.


Lisa Hochhauser left the meeting.


Business Arising from Previous Minutes


An update was provided verbally about the status of the Memento Aestates project.


A verbal update was provided re the commencement of the new Arts and Culture Officer.







No. 4.3                          Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk Request for Funding


Committee Recommendation:

That regarding a request for funding for the Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk event in 2021, the Public Art Panel recommend Council supports the request with $5000 towards the 2021 event and encourages them to apply for further funds if needed when the Public Art Small Grants funding becomes available.


The recommendation was put to the vote and declared carried.





There being no further business the meeting concluded at 4.25pm.