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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
• Get Lost Quick Grants, Community Grants, Events Grants and the Phee Broadway Theatre At Home residency program
• Providing affordable venues available for hire
• Providing support and advice to our local arts, culture and creative industries

Photography EOI - Get Lost Platform content call out

Calling all local photographers!

Mount Alexander Shire Council is inviting our fantastic local photographers to help bring the next stage of Get Lost to life.

Stage two of Get Lost – our Shire’s creative industries platform profiling who, where and what’s happening across our arts, music and creative industries – will be an engaging, content rich directory in support of collective marketing and audience/business development.

Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from photographers who wish to license existing work and from those available in mid-May for small commissions under direction.

We are looking to select local photographers to be funded as follows:

• $1000 to license a minimum of 10 to 20 pre-existing photographs

• $1500 to produce new work under direction

Expressions of interest are due 12am (midnight), Sunday 8 May, with work delivered by 16 May.

For further information and an application form please click here:

Get Lost Platform Stage Two – Photography EOI FORM – April 2022

Get Lost in our creative culture

Council is working collaboratively with its creative community to support our collective efforts in responding to, and emerging from, the sector-wide impacts of COVID-19.

Council’s cultural development e-communications around capacity building are transitioning from Arts eNews (see below) to our new Get Lost platform. To make sure you’re involved in this transition, sign up at

Get Lost E-News

This communications channel focuses on capacity building opportunities such as grants and professional development workshops targeting our local arts, culture and creative industries.

Simply scroll to the bottom of the Get Lost home page and subscribe to Get Lost e-news.

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 2017-2021 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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