THERE are already six nominations but Tamworth Regional Council hopes to get more public expressions of interest in its new arts and culture working group.
The deadline for nominations is tomorrow and the advisory group is due to meet for the first time in November.
Cultural development officer Petria Jukes said the council hoped to have up to eight community delegates, who will join three councillors and two council staffers.
Ms Jukes said artists, performers, creative industry professionals, musicians, craftspeople, museum volunteers, writers and educators were encouraged to apply.
“This is a chance to have a voice on the development of cultural happenings within the region,” she said.
“The committee’s role will be to provide sound strategic advice to council on priorities for the cultural development of the Tamworth region.”
The formation of the committee was a key recommendation of the five-year cultural plan the council adopted in December.
Mayor Col Murray will chair the committee, with councillors Juanita Wilson and Tim Coates named as council delegates.
The cultural plan is about making continuous improvements to long-standing cultural service areas, including in libraries, museums and galleries, and helping support organisations like the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music, Arts North West, the Tamworth Brass Band, Regional Film and Sound Archive, Manilla Caledonian Pipe Band, Calala Cottage and the Tamworth Youth Dramatic Society.
The first duty of the new group will be to decide its terms of reference and identify the priorities from the cultural plan members want to address.
Ms Jukes said anyone interested in nominating should contact her at the council before tomorrow night’s deadline.