NORPA Cultural Alliance first of its kind

Lismore City Council and NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts) are part of a Cultural Alliance believed to be the first of its kind in Australia.

Signed in 2016, the 10-year agreement provides Council with a quality long-term tenant to manage Lismore City Hall at a fraction of the cost it would be in metropolitan areas. Meanwhile, NORPA has security of tenure and a greater ability to access crucial long-term funding from other state and federal government agencies.

The Cultural Alliance ensures our two organisations have a clear set of shared goals such as a common vision statement, joint governance structure, agreed resource sharing initiatives and KPIs. It enables Coouncil and NORPA to collaborate and work on joint funding opportunities, shared corporate services, joint marketing, programming and audience research.

There are huge opportunities to share resources and to see a greater utilisation of Lismore City Hall for the cultural and economic benefit of the city. Over 24,000 people bought tickets to NORPA and Lismore City Hall shows in 2015 and 45% of those people came from outside the 2480 postcode, which represents a considerable economic impact for Lismore.

The Cultural Alliance is driven by a Joint Steering Committee consisting of three NORPA Board members, Councillors, and the respective general managers of Council and NORPA.

The focus of the Joint Steering Committee will be to ensure KPIs are achieved including maximising the occupancy rate at Lismore City Hall by other users and community groups.

For more information on the Cultural Alliance phone Council on 1300 87 83 87 or NORPA on 1300 066 772.

Image: Pictured at the signing of the NORPA/Council Cultural Alliance in 2016 are (l-r) NORPA Board chair David Wolff, Creative Director Julian Louis and General Manager Patrick Healey with Lismore City Council Executive Director Sustainable Development Brent McAlister.