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Masterplan: Three Lakes Cultural Trust trustees, from left, Jay Cassells, Hetty Van Hale, Bill Moran and Bob Berry

Queenstown’s culture vultures and the wider community have another chance to help shape the future of the arts in the town.

Three Lakes Cultural Trust, established earlier this year, is holding public drop-in sessions next week, soliciting views on the district’s arts and culture scene.

The trust is preparing the district’s first independent cultural masterplan, at a cost of about $100,000.

It has appointed global consultancy firm AEA Consulting to find out what residents want.

It launched an online survey earlier this year, which is still open. Some early results will be shared at the drop-in sessions.

Trust chair Bill Moran says: “This is a major milestone for our district, and the first real opportunity people have had to be part of a wider conversation about the arts and culture in our area.

“The input from residents will help us develop an arts and cultural strategy for the entire district that is responsive to our communities, so it’s really important that people attend.”

The trust is funded by philanthropists.

Moran is chair, while the trustees are Carroll Joynes, Jay Cassells, Hetty Van Hale and Bob Berry, with various other posi-tions to be filled at a later date.

Sir Eion Edgar and Jan, Lady Edgar are co-patrons.

The goal is to encourage arts and culture in the district, providing the catalyst for a dynamic local scene by supporting infrastructure, artists and musicians.

The lack of a decent performance space has long been the bug-bear of the arts scene in town.

All feedback from public consultation is expected to be released in September.

The masterplan will provide a framework for the trust, including a context for its fundraising activities and how it distributes funds.

It’s independent but supported by Queenstown’s council, which has signalled its intention to align the outcome of the study with the development of cultural and community facilities.

The ‘Community Voice’ sessions begin in Queenstown this coming Monday, May 27, at Queenstown Resort College, followed by Glenorchy, at Camp Glen-orchy, on May 28.

Wanaka’s session is at the Lake Wanaka Centre on May 29, while Arrowtown’s is at the Athenaeum Hall on May 30. All sessions begin at 6.30pm.

Register online for the sessions – we’ll add a link on the online version of this story.

To complete the 10-min, anonymous online survey visit www.research.net/r/qldculturesurvey.

paul.taylor@scene.co.nz