Byron Shire Council’s support for the film and creative industries has been recognised.

The council has been announced as the winner of the Local Government and Shires Associations (LGSA) Cultural Awards in the Creative Industries category.

The award is presented every three years.

Mayor Jan Barham attended the awards ceremony in Parliament House and accepted the award.

The focus of the nomination was the council’s support for the film and creative industries, including the production of the ABC TV series ‘East of Everything’.

“Byron Shire Council is providing leadership in developing the cultural and screen industries through integrated cultural and economic development planning,” Cr Barham said.

“This has included supporting a regional Creative Industries Strategy, a review of filming policy, working closely with regional industry association, Screenworks and developing a Cultural Plan.

“Council supported the ABC series ‘East of Everything’, which was the first regionally based television series production and provided employment for 94 cast and crew members and injected $1.6m into the local economy.

“Council also waived all the location fees, facilitated a partnership with the Arakwal people and provided council facilities for use in the production.

“The production provided an important opportunity for the local screen industry and also celebrated local culture and values.”

Cr Barham said the development of the Cultural Plan ‘has been a detailed analysis of who we are and what we do’.

“The plan has investigated the many and varied activities that engage the Byron Shire community,” she said.

“It encompasses art, sport, heritage, environment and spirituality.

“The draft plan will be reported to council soon and includes key recommendations to support and maintain the vibrancy of our community.”

For more information on the LGSA awards, visit: www.CulturalAwards.lgsa.org.au