Manager Cultural Services

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Hawkesbury City Council, NSW

Manager Cultural Services

  • SS043LS
  • 24-05-2020
  • Permanent Full Time

Manager Cultural Services
Be passionate. Be progressive. Hawkesbury City Council.

  • An attractive salary will be negotiated
  • 19 Day Month
  • Lease back Vehicle

This role represents a unique opportunity to join an organisation that is committed to building high performing teams, working together to deliver outcomes for the community through innovation and best practice.  We have passion and enthusiasm and we are looking for like-minded people to join us on this journey.

The Role

Reporting to the Director Support Services you will play an important role in the decision making and delivery of contemporary cultural services programs to the community.  A key focus of the role will be to create a framework for Council to prioritise, coordinate and highlight the City’s cultural resources by connecting the history, heritage and the creative vitality of the area.  You will lead a multi-disciplinary team of professional specialists, as well as frontline service delivery staff and volunteers who represent the public face of Council across its cultural facilities.

About you

This is a creative leadership opportunity for an individual who is passionate and committed to delivering cultural programs and projects that stimulate community engagement with our services. Your expertise will include experience in the principles of Community/Cultural Development, grant acquisition, fundraising and capacity to propose and implement ideas for improving efficiency and work practice.   You must also have the ability to build strong partnerships within the organisation and community.

You must have:

  • Relevant Tertiary qualification or equivalent experience to the functional responsibilities of the Branch.
  • Demonstrated practical experience in managing at least one of the functions within the Cultural Services Branch – Library Services, Regional Gallery and Regional Museum.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate and negotiate with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Extensive experience in planning, administering and monitoring operational budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, create and manage a high performance, multi-disciplinary team.

The Rewards:

An attractive salary will be negotiated with the successful applicant commensurate with qualification, skills and experience.
Hawkesbury City Council also offers a great working environment where your career and development matters. We offer a range of benefits from flexible work arrangements, discounted gym memberships, study assistance to flu vaccinations and other wellbeing initiatives.

To Apply:

For further position details, including the selection criteria and how to apply, visit our website or if you do not have access to our website call the Human Resources Branch on 02 4560 4444.

Applications close 5pm Sunday, 24 May 2020

Applicants who do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for this position.

Please note that the canvassing of Councillors in relation to these matters will automatically disqualify the applicant from this process.

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PLA eNews - December 2018


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From The PLA Chair

PLA Christmas Card - Merry Christmas

Dear members and friends,

Another year nearly over!

Thank you for your support throughout the year!

On behalf of the PLA Board I would like to wish you all the best for the Christmas season.

Safe travels, good health and happiness to you, your families and friends.

May 2019 be good to you (and your library :-)

Best wishes,

The PLA Chair + Board of Directors

Ian Greenhalgh | PLA Chair | E:


From the Editor

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Dear members and friends,

Thank you for your readership and contributions throughout the year!

One of our articles on sensitive storytimes had over 17,000 shares and several hundred downloads!

Special thank you to Kylie Carlson from Yarra Libraries for sharing Sensitive Storytimes: Inclusive practices in Public Libraries with us all :-) 

You can still download a copy of this excellent resource here

Thank you also to all those libraries and library suppliers that have advertised their job vacancies with us throughout the year. This free service is attracting several hundred website hits per month and counting! PLA will continue to provide this service and send out employment bulletins throughout 2019. If you'd like to find out more about this service or the value adds we provide to member libraries, please do not hesitate to make contact.

Wishing you all a happy, safe and peaceful Christmas.

Roger Henshaw | PLA Executive Officer (and Editor in Chief) | E:

Women & Leadership Australia - Scholarship Funding

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Funding of up to $7,000 for information management sector women available

Building on the success of last year’s ‘100 Days for Change’ campaign, Women & Leadership Australia is administering an initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s information management sector. 

The campaign is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs. 

The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for information management sector women; however the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of March.

Expressions of Interest 

Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to Friday, March 15:

2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards open for entries



2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards open for entries

Entries are now open across 6 categories until 15 March 2019, 5pm (AEST).

If you had a work published or released during 2018 you may be eligible to enter this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

The Awards help to support Australian authors and promote the importance of Australian literature.

Entries are sought for books of high literary merit, and in the case of the prize for Australian history, scholarly accomplishment.

The Awards are now welcoming entries from Australian authors and creators in 6 prize categories: children’s literature, young adult literature, fiction, poetry, non-fiction and Australian history.

There are no entry fees. Entries for the Australian history category can be submitted in a range of formats including print media, an interactive or online project, film or documentary.

What could I win?

Prize money is awarded in each category with up to $80,000 for winners and $5,000 for shortlisted books and is tax-free.

How do I enter?

Authors and publishers can view the guidelines and submit eligible titles through our website under the ‘How to Enter’ tab.

Entries close 15 March 2019 at 5pm (AEST).

If you require assistance you can email our Prime Minister’s Literary Awards team or phone 1800 707 889.

Find out more:

Book of the Year Awards 2019 - Nominations Now Open!

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Book of the Year Awards 2019

Each year Speech Pathology Australia conducts its Book of the Year Awards.

Nominations for 2019

Nominations for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2019 are now open. Eligibility criteria are outlined in the nomination form.

Download the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2019 Nomination Form [Word DOCX format]

Nominations close on Friday 29 March 2019.

Visit the Speech Pathology Australia Website here

Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums

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Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums

The Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums are a national series of events focused on the experiences of women leaders in the contemporary workforce.

Taking place in every state and territory capital between May and August 2019, the Symposiums are an unparalleled gathering of the best and brightest female talent. Keynote speakers include Tina Arena AM, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Ming Long, Michelle Cowan, The Right Hon Dame Jenny Shipley, Jacqui Lambie, Jessica Rowe and many, many more.

The symposiums will feature a range of presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions covering a range of topics, including:

  • To Change or to disappear – 3 strategies as a leader to survive in an ever-changing business environment
  • Breaking the competency trap and developing adaptive leadership
  • Womenkind - Unlocking the power of women supporting women
  • Let’s talk about non-traditional roles
  • Lessons learnt in the world of politics
  • Be heard and remembered: How to use your stories to influence effective change in the workplace

An attendance discount of 25% is currently available by entering code ANSY19 at the time of booking (available until each Symposium sells out).

For more information and to book:

Mareeba Shire Library - Programs and Exhibits

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Event 1: Library Lovers Day 'Book and Chocolate Tasting' 

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To celebrate Library Lovers' Day this year, Mareeba Shire Library held a 'Book and Chocolate Tasting' event. This was successfully celebrated in partnership with local coffee and chocolate maker, The Coffee Works 

Despite the small space available at the library (space for approximately 30 people only), the event proved so popular it was booked out with many being placed on a waiting list!

The idea was for the event-goers to sample some chocolates and coffee, while browsing new book titles. It provided readers the opportunity to find new authors, genres and storylines or just something very different from what they would usually read. As part of the library's Readers Advisory Service, event guest were asked to fill in a 'Find my Match' form where they indicated their preferred genre and favourite authors - and what they didn't like reading.This provided staff the opportunity to suggest new authors or titles to borrow.

This ranked as the most successful Library Lovers Day event ever held at Mareeba Shire Library, with much positive feedback received from attendees.

MSC Program attendees

Event 2: Sewing Machine Exhibition - A Stitch in Time

Kuranda Branch Library (a branch of the Mareeba Shire Library Service) hosted a working and historical display of Singer Sowing Machines. The exhibition has proved very popular, especially as library patrons were allowed to use them. The collection varied from children's machines, home sewing machines thoruhg to an industrial model. 

Singer Sewing Machine

Figure 1: Singer Sewing Machine 

Singer Sewing Machine

Figure 2: Singer Sewing Machine

Children's Singer Sewing Machine

Figure 3: Children's Sewing Machines

The collection is owned by the Kuranda Branch Supervisor.

++ Do you have an interesting exhibition or program you'd like to tell others about? If so please contact the PLA Executive Officer ++

The Boroondara Literary Awards


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The Boroondara Literary Awards are a joint partnership between the Rotary Club of Balwyn and the City of Boroondara in Victoria. Now in their 21st year, the Awards aim to encourage creative writing in schools and the general community.

The Open Short Story category is open to all residents of Australia.

  • Stories must be between 1,500 and 3,000 words in length.
  • Authors may enter a maximum of two pieces.
  • Entries close 5pm AEST, Friday 30 August 2019.


  • 1st: $1500
  • 2nd: $1000
  • 3rd: $500


Winners will be announced in November 2019.


Further details, the full terms and conditions, and the online entry form are available at

Download Promotional Poster here

A corto di libri awards (Yarra Libraries Win Video of the Year)

A corto di libri AIB/IFLA International Short Film Competition about Libraries

Video of the Year Winner - Yarra Libraries, Victoria

Congratulations to Yarra Libraries on this outstanding achievement, program and video!

For kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or other sensory issues, visiting Santa at a shopping centre can be an overwhelming or distressing experience. That's why Yarra Libraries decided to give families in our community the opportunity to get a photo with Santa in a sensory-friendly environment.


Sensitive Santa | 2018 Highlights from Yarra Libraries

Info session: PLA Evaluation Network Overview

Info session: PLA Evaluation Network Overview

News : 10 July 2019

In this short information session, Roger Henshaw of Public Libraries Australia chats to Alison Lasek of Culture Counts about the exciting new initiative for libraries. The PLA Evaluation Network is open to all Australian libraries who wish to better understand their impact and value through data.

The 25 minute recorded info session covers: 
• An overview of the PLA Evaluation Network and what’s involved 
• How the value of a library can be measured beyond simple membership numbers and lending statistics 
• How using standardised metrics can open up opportunities for big data analysis, benchmarking and sector insights 
• How outcomes data can be used to understand community needs and effectively communicate the full value story of libraries to stakeholders 

Registrations for the PLA Evaluation Network are open until 30 August, and interested libraries who were unable to attend the webinar on July 10th are encouraged to view this recorded information session. Full project details are available here

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