If there was ever a time for Launceston to adopt a culture strategy, then now is the time.
The coronavirus pandemic has halted the world. While attempting to reduce the risk of severe health outcomes and in some cases, death, the world’s population has stopped to take a deep breath.
Culture is one element of our lives that has been severely impacted.
Lockdown initially stopped everything. Health and jobs were the main priority during those first few weeks.
As restrictions eased, there was a definite impact on our culture. Theatres were closed, events cancelled and cafes were limited to takeaway options.
When we use the word, culture, people are often transported straight to art galleries and berets. It’s a cliche. While this is culture, there is so much more that is ingrained in our past and present that will continue to impact our future.
Culture is more than just the art scene. It’s ideas, customs and behaviours of people in society.
For some culture would be attending the football every Saturday during winter. For others, culture would be a drive to the beach with the dogs and surfboards or a trip to the lakes and rivers for a fish.
There was a stir when it was suggested last month that the “blockie route” in Launceston’s CBD was part of the culture. While it sounds odd, it’s true. It’s a fabric of the whole generation’s memories and formative years.
Indigenous culture in Launceston and surrounds must be embraced and protected for future generations. There is always more we can be doing to acknowledge and learn from the traditional owners of the land.
The Examiner also plays a role in culture, whether it be through the tradition of reading the paper or the numerous reports on Launceston life that will be preserved through the newspaper as a historical document.
By recognising the various meanings and strengths of Launceston culture, it will allow the community to progress in all areas of life, including our well-being and economy.