NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis and Cr Jenny Dowell at Lismore City Hall.
NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis and Cr Jenny Dowell at Lismore City Hall. Terra Sword

Cultural Alliance a first for nation

NORPA and Lismore City Council have signed a new Cultural Alliance believed to be the first of its kind in Australia.

The 10-year agreement provides the council with a quality long-term tenant to manage Lismore City Hall at a fraction of the cost it would be in metropolitan areas.

Meanwhile, NORPA has security of tenure and a greater ability to access crucial long-term funding from other state and federal government agencies.

Council’s executive director Sustainable Development, Brent McAlister, said the agreement was the culmination of many joint staff meetings and a workshop held last February.

“We now have a clear set of goals embedded in the draft agreement such as a common vision statement, joint governance structure, agreed resource sharing initiatives and initial KPIs,” Mr McAlister said.

“We will work on joint funding opportunities, shared corporate services, joint marketing, programming and audience research.

“There are huge opportunities to share resources and to see a greater utilisation of Lismore City for the cultural and economic benefit of the city,” he added.

Over 24,000 people bought tickets to NORPA and Lismore City Hall shows in 2015 and 45% of those people came from outside the 2480 postcode, which represents a considerable economic impact for Lismore.

The Alliance will be driven by a Joint Steering Committee consisting of three NORPA Board members, Councillors Gianpiero Battista, Neil Marks and Isaac Smith, and the respective general manager of Council and NORPA, Gary Murphy and Patrick Healey.

The focus of the Joint Steering Committee will be to ensure KPIs are achieved, including maximising the occupancy rate at Lismore City Hall by other users and community groups.


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