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Collie’s creatives starting to converge

South Western Times
Sarah Stanley, Gabrielle Cole, Jack Carlsen , Wendy Perdon, Barb Howard, Mat Lewis, Natasha Birch, Bec Woods were excited for Collie's creatives to converge.
Camera IconSarah Stanley, Gabrielle Cole, Jack Carlsen , Wendy Perdon, Barb Howard, Mat Lewis, Natasha Birch, Bec Woods were excited for Collie's creatives to converge. Credit: Supplied

An effort to bring together Collie’s creative community last week was hailed as a good starting point by the South West Development Commission.

The event was organised by the the commission as way to bring together members a burgeoning artistic community in an effort to form a creative hub.

Commission principal project officer Wendy Perdon said it was an opportunity to nurture the creative community in the town.

“Creativity is not just for artists, it’s anyone who thinks outside the square,” she said.

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“Ideas generated during the session are a great starting point in terms of getting people thinking about what may be possible for the town centre and the wider Collie region in general.”

Shire president Stanley said she hoped there would be more opportunities to meet up a collaborate in a similar fashion.

“There is talk or doing more a little bit further down the track,” she said.

“It was a good first step and we need to be inviting more and more people because there was probably some people missing that weren’t there for whatever reasons.

“We just need to continue down this path.”

Creative Corner also used the event to drum up support for its soon to be launched Local Leadership program.

Regional Arts Hub Coordinator Tash Birch said there was a lot going on within the community.

“We had a lot of interest in that program while everyone was talking about visions for Collie and all the new projects on the horizon,” she said.

“It was awesome - there was abundance of activity and passion to reignite the town itself because they have so much that people just don’t know about.”

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