This paper argues that a better understanding of suburbia is warranted within the cultural policy discussion given that Australia is essentially a suburban nation. Using the case study of Campbelltown, located fifty-five kilometres southwest of the Sydney central business district and home to 142,000 people, the paper examines suburban environments through notions of cultural identity, including events and narratives, and explores how urban growth and changing landscapes have contributed to constructing a range of suburban experiences that constitute contemporary Sydney. How suburbia is defined and understood locally contrasts to the discourse of suburbia that exists within the spheres of cultural policy and popular commentary. For Campbelltown, this causes a significant disjunction that is underscored by suburban aspiration on the one hand, and suburban disadvantage on the other. The paper discusses what this means for cultural policy at a local and state government level and, in particular, the policy approach pursued through the development and direction of the Campbelltown Arts Centre.
|Keywords:||Cultural Policy, Suburbanisation, Suburbia, Creative Cities, Urban Development, Cultural Identity, Community, Cultural Heritage|
Doctoral Student, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney, Australia