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During 2010-11, the department continued to deliver regular People's Question Time forums to give community members the chance to put their questions directly to the Premier and other panellists on topical Queensland issues.
People's Question Time is different from traditional community forums as its unique format enables people throughout the state to participate in a live panel discussion with the Premier by going online at their home, workplace or local library. When an upcoming forum has been announced, people - no matter where they live - can submit questions online to the panel at www.qld.gov.au/questiontime, and tune in to watch the live-streamed one hour question and answer panel discussion on the scheduled date.
The department delivered four People's Question Time forums in 2010-11. One forum focused on the reconstruction of Queensland, following the floods and Tropical Cyclone Yasi; another on sustainability; and two open forums included discussions on education, housing, population growth and disability service issues.
People's Question Time continues to be a popular avenue for the community to engage with government, with live-stream views averaging 1000 per forum, with an average of 160 questions submitted for each People's Question Time.
Community Cabinet provides a forum for members of the public to participate and engage through a deputation process with relevant Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and senior government officials.
Community Cabinet meetings are held throughout the year at different locations. During 2010-11 eleven meetings were held at Roma/Mitchell, the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) Show, Logan, Mount Isa/Cloncurry, Everton/Pine Rivers, Camp Hill, Whitsunday, Gold Coast, Toowoomba/Oakey, Ecosciences Precinct in Brisbane, and Carrara.
All departments provide valuable support for Community Cabinet meetings. For example, the department works with the Department of Communities to advise local community groups that Community Cabinet will be in their area.
For each two day Community Cabinet meeting an information brochure is handed out at the forum that gives participants tips on how to get the most out of the days.
The newsletter 'Community Cabinet News - Your Voice Where You Live' is distributed after Community Cabinet meetings providing information on announcements that were made over the course of the event relevant to each community. This newsletter can also be accessed online.
Community Cabinet meetings are one of the ways that Queenslanders are able to meet and talk with government and they will continue to be a priority. Please visit www.thepremier.qld.gov.au for further information relating to Community Cabinet meetings.
During 2010-11 the department was involved in a diverse range of community engagement activities that encourage community participation and engagement in government initiatives. These projects provide an opportunity for Queenslanders to connect with each other, their government and their state.
Each year the department coordinates Australia Day activities. Events held included:
Each year the department hosts Queensland Week to celebrate Queensland's official separation from New South Wales as an independent colony. It was on 6 June 1859 that Queen Victoria signed the Letters Patent authorising Queensland's separation - this day 6 June, is known as Queensland Day.
In 2011, Queensland Week was dedicated to the heroes of the Queensland floods and Tropical Cyclone Yasi. Celebrations included:
The department, through Arts Queensland, engaged with the arts and cultural sector and the wider community to undertake detailed evaluations of arts portfolio initiatives to ensure they continue to contribute to Queensland's growing cultural reputation and improve current programs.
Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2010 evaluation
An evaluation of Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 2010 was conducted to identify artistic, industry, community and economic outcomes of the event. With input from over 630 key stakeholders, the evaluation comprised attendee, exhibitor, sponsor and CIAF staff surveys, interviews with artists and Traditional Owners as well as surveys of participants in CIAF satellite events. Recommendations from the evaluation were used to guide the implementation of CIAF 2011.
Indigenous theatre and dance forums
During CIAF 2010 Arts Queensland hosted the National Indigenous Theatre Forum, in Cairns, with participants representing the national interests of Australia's Indigenous theatre community. The forum drafted the Cairns Consensus, a document that recognises the theatre as integral to Indigenous cultural identity and sets out five strategic priorities for further collective action at a national level. An Indigenous dance forum was also held at CIAF, which brought together local dance practitioners to foster professional development and promote Indigenous dance in North Queensland.
Backing Indigenous Arts evaluation
In 2010 a mid-term evaluation of the Backing Indigenous Arts (BIA) initiative was conducted to assess overall effectiveness of the first two and a half years of a four-year implementation timeline and guide the next phase of the BIA initiative from 2011-2015. The evaluation analysed a range of data on the BIA initiative including applications and outcome reports, surveys and interviews with program recipients, Indigenous Arts Centre coordinators, as well as program partners. It highlighted the artistic, social, community, industry and economic outcomes of BIA.
Queenslanders and the arts
In partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts (Australia Council), Arts Queensland conducted a comprehensive analysis of Queenslanders' participation in and attitudes towards the arts. The Queensland study complemented a national study conducted by the Australia Council. The findings confirm that Queenslanders strongly value the arts with 94 per cent of Queenslanders attending or participating in the arts in the previous 12 months. On the whole, the state survey data is comparable with the national findings which demonstrate that like other Australians, Queenslanders are strong supporters of the arts.
In 2011 the Ideas Festival expanded its focus to also work with government agencies to address complex public policy challenges. Through an innovative online platform, known as the OpenIDEO Challenge, the public was invited to contribute solutions to a significant policy challenge - how might we better connect food consumption and production? The online challenge resulted in over 690 submissions from more than 30 countries.
Through the Critical Mass blogging project, arts experts, audiences, amateur critics and the general public were encouraged to write about their experiences and perceptions of the Brisbane Festival's 2010 program. Using social media, including Twitter and Facebook, 23 Critical Mass bloggers were invited to participate and uploaded a total of 104 posts. The Critical Mass blog attracted 2622 readers over the festival's life of five weeks.
Low Fi forum
In April 2011, Arts Queensland in partnership with The Edge Digital Cultural Centre at the State Library of Queensland, hosted Low Fi, an industry forum on digital opportunities and issues for the arts and culture sector. The forum attracted 100 participants from arts and cultural organisations, local governments and cultural businesses and identified key areas for future collaboration and development.
Festivals and events celebrate shared experiences and values, offer an opportunity to experience arts and culture in fresh and creative ways and develop a deeper sense of community and shared identity. In 2010-11 the department, through Arts Queensland, supported key festivals and events across Queensland including:
Other festivals and events supported in 2010-11 included: