Building relationships for long term success in Dubbo
ICV has a long standing relationship with Dubbo Local Aboriginal Land Council (DLALC) which began back in 2008. Since then, ICV volunteers have helped in many different ways.
Our first involvement was driving local children to and from the DLALC after school, where teachers were on hand to guide them at a much-needed homework centre.
Our next major involvement was over 3 years in the making. The old Dubbo Fire Station had been gifted to DLALC and was in desperate need of a revamp. So in 2010 ICV was asked to help prepare building plans for a multipurpose centre. Then in 2012, Orana Arts proposed to lease it and establish an arts facility.
The renovated Fire Station Arts Centre is now a thriving space for cultural information exchange, teaching and learning. It celebrates artistic practice and the development of new ideas, and is a place where the diverse creative communities of the Orana region can gather and grow together.
The Fire Station Arts Centre provides free and subsidised rehearsal space, artist studios, office space for a resident arts organisation, and an Aboriginal Arts Development Officer to service the region. Commercial operations include a cafe, retail space and the hire of community meeting facilities, which all help subsidise the arts programs.
ICV’s connections with DLALC have continued to grow in strength. During the last year ICV volunteer Russell has been working with DLALC on a new three year business plan.
Russell’s enthusiasm, experience and knowledge are greatly appreciated. “He is a fantastic volunteer and the community love him”, says ICV Community Development Officer Emma Reynolds. “On his visits to Dubbo, during the day he was helping DLALC and then in the evenings he was helping Red Ochre Events with governance training.”
We have more projects identified for later in the year including land and asset mapping, creating a website, land feasibility studies and the potential to redevelopment the current DLALC Building.
And through word of mouth about the Fire Station, wider community members have seen how ICV can help them turn their dreams in to reality. We look forward to more successes in the future.