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Central Highlands Arts & Cultural Advisory Committee

The Central Highlands Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee (CHACAC):

CHACAC is a council committee established to encourage the participation and optimum service delivery for CHRC communities in arts, cultural and heritage programs, projects and activities.


  • Provide input and community perspectives into council’s strategic documents related to arts, culture and heritage.
  • Support implementation of council’s strategic documents related to arts, culture and heritage.
  • Advocate on behalf of the region’s arts, culture and heritage communities.
  • Seek external funds to support arts, culture and heritage projects, programs and activities.
  • Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program duties.

As a committee member you will share your knowledge of arts, cultural and heritage sectors to:

  • Provide expert advice on issues affecting the arts, cultural and heritage sectors in our region.
  • Identify strategic directions for the arts, cultural and heritage sectors.
  • Provide leadership in the development and review of arts, culture and heritage policies and strategies.
  • Evaluate applications and projects to receive Regional Arts Development Funding (RADF) for endorsement by council.
  • Provide a conduit for broader sector and community engagement in consultation processes.
  • Implement the Creative Cultural Futures Strategy and Heritage Action Plan in partnership with council and community.
  • Attendance at RADF assessment meetings, planning and project meetings, community engagement activities.
  • And much more.

Read the full terms of reference for CHACAC members.

If you are interested in becoming a committee member, please:

If you have any questions about the committee or the nomination process, please contact Karen Newman on 1300 242 686.



MemberContact details Interests
Cr Charlie
0417 758 819
Supporting arts and culture
Gail Nixon Supporting arts and culture
Cr Christine Rolfe
0438 444 618
Supporting arts and culture
Cr Gai Sypher
0407 842 622
Supporting arts and culture
Maureen Burns
4984 9425
Heritage and museums
Barbara BeazleyPhotography and visual arts
Sharon Gimbert
0409 820 790
Visual arts, textiles, patchwork and ceramics
Wendy Gibson
Ruth Jones
Melissa Chick
Shaunte Francis

The Galleries Working Group assists council in coordinating activities and exhibitions in the Central Highlands Regional Galleries – located in Emerald and Springsure.

Major projects include:

  • Annual art competition
  • Year round exhibitions
  • Marketing campaigns
  • Website review

There are two ways to get involved in the sub-committee.

  1. Become a member!
    Duties will include attending meetings, assisting with planning of above major projects, and contributing to their execution.
  2. Add your name, skills & assets to our volunteer list!
    Lend a hand with bumping in and out exhibitions, basic administration, carrying out Master of Ceremonies duties at events,  catering, logistics and more!

Download the Central Highlands Regional Art Galleries Sub-committee code of conduct for more details.

If you are interested in becoming a member or a volunteer, or have any questions, please contact Arts and Cultural Officer Galleries, Ruth Haydon, at 

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