The Regional Centre for Culture Partnership
The Regional Centre for Culture is funded by Creative Victoria.
Representatives of the RCC's key partners oversee the initiative, which is managed by Creative Victoria and producers Jo Porter and Elizabeth Walsh.
Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation
We are the Traditional Owners of the land upon which the Regional Centre for Culture is taking place. Before European colonisation, the natural places within Dja Dja Wurrung Country were well known, had a name and song and were celebrated as part of our culture. We had an economy, we had a political system and we had the resources and the means to take care of our community.
Our plan for our Country reaffirms our aspirations and describing the future of our people, the Traditional Owners of Dja Dja Wurrung Country.
We recognise the importance of our cultural heritage – our significant places and landscapes, our stories and language, our customs and practices and our responsibilities for looking after Country.
Our Vision is for the health and wellbeing of our people to be strong, and underpinned by our living culture.
Our Vision is for our lands and waters to be in good condition and actively managed to protect our values and to promote the laws, culture and rights of all Dja Dja Wurrung People.
As this Country’s First People our vision includes being politically empowered with an established place in society, and being capable of managing our own affairs from a strong and diverse economic base.
Creative Victoria is the state government body dedicated to championing, growing and supporting Victoria's creative industries. We invest in the ideas, talent, organisations, events and projects that make Victoria a creative state.
The creative industries encompass disciplines as diverse as games development and graphic design; fashion and film-making; independent theatre and industrial design; comedy and craft. They include activities that are commercially-driven and community-based, experimental and export ready, and everything in between. Collectively, these industries contribute $22.7 billion to Victoria (or 8% of the total economy) and they contribute immeasurably more in terms of social and cultural value.
In bringing together these diverse but interconnected sectors, Creative Victoria fosters new opportunities for innovation, collaboration, cross-promotion and economic growth, both across the creative industries and in the broader community. We work to raise the profile, reach and impact of Victoria's creative industries, support the career development of local artists and creative professionals, and ensure that all Victorians benefit from creative and cultural opportunities – from school kids to diverse communities to businesses.
We also oversee the state's major creative and cultural organisations, collections and facilities, valued at $7 billion, ensuring that that these rich assets can be enjoyed by all Victorian people as well as visitors to the state.
City of Greater Bendigo
The City of Greater Bendigo is located in the geographic centre of Victoria, covering almost 3,000 square kilometres with a growing population of more than 110,000. Bendigo itself is a vibrant contemporary regional centre, boasting beautiful streets created from one of the world’s greatest gold rushes.
Our municipality includes the thriving smaller communities of Heathcote, Elmore, Goornong, Marong, Redesdale and Axedale. We are a service and infrastructure centre for north central Victoria, and surrounded by 40,000 hectares of regional, state and national parkland.
The Aboriginal people of the area are the Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung language groups of the Central Kulin nation.
Central Goldfields Shire
Located at the geographical centre of Victoria, Central Goldfields Shire covers 1,532 square kilometres and has an estimated residential population of just over 12,500 people. Maryborough is the shire’s major business centre with a population of around 7,500. Maryborough has gained recognition in recent years as having some of the finest sporting facilities in regional Victoria, together with significant historical buildings dating back to the goldmining era of the 1850s.
Other towns in the shire include Bealiba, Carisbrook, Dunolly, Majorca, Talbot, Bowenvale-Timor and the rural districts surrounding these centres. All are famous for their heritage architecture and significant agricultural industries. The shire is currently experiencing significant growth with key infrastructure projects and residential developments reaching fruition. The State Government’s commitment to the shire has seen recent investments in the areas of health, education, and law and order, together with assistance to economic development activities initiated by Council.
Hepburn Shire is a prominent regional centre located in Victoria, approximately 110 km (and just 90 minutes’ drive) north east of Melbourne. The Hepburn Shire’s main town centres include Daylesford, Hepburn Springs, Creswick, Clunes and Trentham. The geography is varied and the region is renowned for its natural beauty and mineral springs reserves. Our region contains over 80 per cent of Australia’s mineral springs, centred mainly in Daylesford and Hepburn Springs. The other townships also have their own share of history and natural features. Trentham is home to Trentham Falls, Victoria’s highest single drop water falls, Creswick has carved out a name for itself as the home of forestry, and Clunes was the first registered gold strike town in Victoria which is still reflected in the streetscape today. The Hepburn Shire prides itself on being a friendly and welcoming community with some great local personalities.
Mount Alexander Shire
Mount Alexander Shire has much to offer, from beautiful heritage streetscapes and picturesque townships (including Castlemaine, Harcourt, Newstead and Maldon) to stunning natural surroundings. We are a thriving community of more than 18,000 residents, inhabiting an area of 1,529 square kilometres with a thriving local economy and a strong and vibrant cultural life.
Exhilarating mountain bike and scenic bushwalking trails offer people of all levels of fitness the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the Shire’s beautiful natural surrounds. The Shire also offers recreational options including swimming pools, a skate park, the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, sporting clubs and playgrounds.