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Supporting our arts

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Mount Alexander Shire Council supports the Shire’s arts, culture and creative industries through:

• The Cultural Development Officer position
• Regional, state and national advocacy
• Community Grants, Events Grants and the Phee Broadway Theatre Arts Incubator program
• Providing affordable venues available for hire
• Providing support and advice to our local arts, culture and creative industries

Get Lost in our creative culture

The Get Lost platform is Mount Alexander Shire’s central information gateway for the discovery and exploration of our region’s arts, culture and creative industries.

Local creatives can create a free account to build their profile as an individual and/or on behalf of an organisation.

Explore our creative community, sign up as a local creative or subscribe to receive the Get Lost newsletter via

Arts support in council

The Cultural Development Officer leads and supports the development of policy, strategies and recommendations in line with the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy and the 2021-2025 Council Plan, to assist Council in making decisions about the provision of quality arts and cultural facilities and programs within the shire.

Mount Alexander Shire’s Cultural Development Officer, Vicki Anderson is based at the Civic Centre, Castlemaine, and can be contacted on (03) 5471 1700 or via email

Community and Events grants

Each year Mount Alexander Shire Council allocates funding to support a range of local community-based projects and initiatives through our Community Grants and Events Grants Programs.

Venues for hire

There are a number of community venues in the Mount Alexander Shire that are available for hire to the community. These venues include the Phee Broadway Theatre, the historic Market Building along with a number of halls and garden rooms within the shire.

Learn more about Council managed venues available for hire.

COVID-19 support

Council continues to take advice on public health matters from the state and federal health departments. Visit our dedicated page for local coronavirus updates and support.

It’s also worth checking in with targeted COVID-19 information and resources, available at:

Creative Victoria
Music Victoria
Australia Council for the Arts

And do please reach out to the following services if you’re not feeling okay:

Arts Wellbeing Collective 1800 959 500

Support Act General: 1300 731 303 Wellbeing Helpline: 1800 959 500

Lifeline 13 11 14

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

Arts, culture and creative industries

Council provides direct funding support to organisations including:

Castlemaine Art Museum
Buda Historic Home
Castlemaine State Festival

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