Creative and Cultural Infrastructure Framework

Darebin Council has developed a Cultural and Creative Infrastructure Framework to ensure the needs of the local creative industry continue to be a key focus as the city changes over time.

Darebin Mayor Cr Kim Le Cerf says the Framework maps existing cultural and creative infrastructure and identifies gaps and opportunities to support, enhance and establish new creative and cultural infrastructure.

“We have so many creative people living, working and studying in the City of Darebin, they make a considerable contribution to the local economy and culture.”

“The Framework supports them by establishing a long-term strategic direction to for Council to invest in cultural infrastructure within Darebin.

“It also assists creative practitioners to find the spaces, facilities and networks they need to flourish and a process through which the community will be engaged by Council.

“Together it will help ensure that we do not lose our local creative talent, creative businesses and arts community as the city grows and changes over time,” she said.

Cultural and Creative Infrastructure Framework goals are to:

  1. Maximise capacity of existing Council assets, investment and resources to deliver the Vision.
  2. Protect existing live music venues.
  3. Protect, nurture and enhance the emerging creative clusters in industrial precincts in the south.
  4. ‘Plug the gap’ in the provision of creative spaces in the North by creating a new arts hub in Reservoir.
  5. Maximise opportunities for the Northland Urban Renewal Precinct to contribute to the growth of the Creative and Cultural sectors.
  6. Ensure planning policy settings and statutory planning practices support Creative and Cultural Infrastructure.
  7. Position council to have a proactive, facilitating role in the delivery of creative spaces.
  8. Work with the private sector to increase the supply of creative spaces.
  9. Activate Darebin’s public realm through the arts to contribute to place-making.
  10. Advocate for affordable housing and live/work spaces in Darebin.
  11. Work with neighbouring Councils to advocate for a thriving ‘creative north’.


The Creative and Cultural Infrastructure Framework Adopted and Implementation documents can be viewed on the following links – Council_Adopted 19 March 2018  Council Framework – Implementation