Minutes of Meeting

Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Committee Meeting



Conference Room, Station Street, Mullumbimby


Thursday, 19 October 2023








Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes  19 October 2023

Minutes of the Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Committee Meeting held on Thursday, 19 October 2023

File No: I2023/1587

Councillors:                                 Cr Sarah Ndiaye                                                Present

                                                      Cr Peter Westheimer                                         Present

                                                      Cr Sama Balson                                                Present


Community Representatives:   Lou Hodgson                                                      Apology        

                                                      Samantha Moss                                                 Present

                                                      Jack Dods                                                           Apology

                                                      Denise Napier                                                    Present

                                                      Gwenyth Broug                                                  Absent

                                                      Laurel Cohn                                                        Present

Invited Members:                        Jane Fuller (Arts Northern Rivers)                  Present

Staff:                                             Melitta Firth (Arts & Culture Officer)

                                                      Emily Fajerman (Community & Cultural Development Coordinator)

                                                      Esmeralda Davis (Director Corporate & Community Services)

                                                      Rob Appo (Aboriginal Project Officer)

                                                      Chris Larkin (Manager Sustainable Development, Item 4.4)

                                                      Chris Soulsby (A/Manager Assets & Major Projects, Item 4.4)

                                                      Storm Townsend (Minute Taker)

Cr Westheimer (Chair) opened the meeting at 11:35am and acknowledged that the meeting was being held on Bundjalung Country.

Attendance via AUDIO-VISUAL LINK:

There were no attendances via audio-visual link.


That the apologies from Lou Hodgson, Jack Dods and Geeta Cheema (Manager Social and Cultural Planning) be accepted.


Declarations of Interest – Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary

Samantha Moss declared a non-significant non-pecuniary interest in Report 4.3. The nature of the interest being that she is the Director of Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk, a Not for Profit associated community collective. Samantha Moss elected to remain in the Meeting and will participate in discussion and will not participate in the vote.



Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meetings

Report No. 3.1           Adoption of Minutes of the Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Committee Meetings held 29 June 2023 and 17 August 2023

File No:                       I2023/1242


Committee Recommendation:

That the Minutes of the Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Committee Meetings held on 29 June 2023 and 17 August 2023 be confirmed.                                          (Napier/Westheimer)

The recommendation was put to the vote and declared carried.


Note: The minutes of the meeting held on 17 August 2023 were noted, and the Management Recommendation adopted by Council, at the Ordinary Meeting held on 28 September 2023.


Business Arising from Previous Minutes

There was no business arising from previous minutes.




Staff Reports - Corporate and Community Services

Report No. 4.1           Update from Aboriginal Project Officer

File No:                       I2023/1045


Committee Recommendation:

That the Committee:

1.       Notes the report and update provided by the Aboriginal Project Officer.

2.       Invites a local Bundjalung artist to join the Committee.                          (Ndiaye/Balson)

The recommendation was put to the vote and declared carried.



Report No. 4.2           Decommissioning of artwork "Catch a Falling Fish" from Federal Park

File No:                       I2023/1449


Committee Recommendation:

That Council:

1.      Decommissions the public artwork ‘Catch a Falling Fish’ by Suvira McDonald and thanks the artist for their creative contribution.

2.      Requests the Federal Community Centre Committee provides notice of an alternate proposal for the support structure within four months.  In the absence of such a proposal, the Committee recommends its removal.                                         (Westheimer/Ndiaye)

The recommendation was put to the vote and declared carried.



The meeting adjourned at 12:27pm for a short break and reconvened at 12.37pm.



Report No. 4.3           Public Art Proposal for Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk

File No:                       I2023/1473


Committee Recommendation:

That the Committee:

1.      Recommends Council removes the requirement for the Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk prize to be awarded to a work that is permanently acquired.

2.      Provides feedback and recommendations to Council on the proposal for installation of the Hiromi Tango work YU KA 夢花 (Dream Flower).

3.      Supports Option 2, which involves a three year loan of three flowers from the Brisbane Festival installation, with the possibility to acquire the artwork permanently.

4.      Requests information regarding the likely cost for acquisition from Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk, as well as any potential matched funding.                       (Cohn/Napier)

The recommendation was put to the vote and declared carried.

Samantha Moss did not participate in the vote.




Staff Reports - Infrastructure Services

Report No. 4.4           Amendments to Public Art Development Control Plan

File No:                       I2023/1564


Committee Recommendation:

That the Art and Creative Industries Committee notes the report and receives further information to the proposed amended DCP for comment by email prior to it being reported to Council.                                                                                                                           (Ndiaye/Westheimer)

The recommendation was put to the vote and declared carried.



There being no further business the meeting concluded at 1:50pm.