In 2017 the Creative Plus Business team was successful in a bid to work with Lismore City Council to facilitate a one-day Cultural Hub charrette.
The Northern Rivers has the highest number of creative practitioners and businesses outside the capital cities, so the objective was to have all stakeholders agree on how Council could establish Lismore as the most significant regional Cultural Hub in Australia.
Attendees at the charrette included representatives of Arts Northern Rivers, Northern Rivers Performing Arts, Lismore Chamber of Commerce, and The Honorary Ben Franklin
MLC, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Energy and the Arts. Creative Plus Business facilitated the charrette, and the day culminated in presentations to Mayor Isaac Smith. Council were very pleased with the outcomes of the day, and after the inaugural Artstate conference later that year Lismore proudly took its place as “the heart of the region’s creative industries.”