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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 Gai Sypher gsypher@chrc.qld.gov.au
0407 842 622
History and heritage, supporting arts and culture
Cr Charlie Brimblecombecbrimblecombe@chrc.qld.gov.au
0417 758 819
Supporting arts and culture
Cr Joseph Burnsjburns@chrc.qld.gov.au
0419 017 968
Supporting arts and culture
Maureen Burns mhburns@bigpond.com
4984 9425
Heritage and museums
Barbara BeazleyPhotography and visual arts
Sharon Gimbert sharon.gimbert@bigpond.com
0409 820 790
Visual arts, textiles, patchwork and ceramics
Melissa ChickVisual art, theatre, dance, music
Lou PethoFilm and television, digital art, virtual reality
Ben Robertsonb.robertson1@cqu.edu.au
0437 886 526
Visual art, theatre, digital art

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 rhaydon@chrc.qld.gov.au 

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