Art award shines light on Buckley
LESLEY Buckley has come a long way from her teenage years spent driving famous musicians around on their Australian tours, even though she still finds herself behind the scenes.
The former actor was recently recognised for her contribution to the Tweed's artistic community through her role as Tweed Shire Council's cultural development officer.
A major player in the City of the Arts project, Ms Buckley was awarded the Brendan Hartnett award recognising her work fostering cultural development in council.
In her seven years in the role, the major highlight has been getting council to integrate culture into their everyday policy.
"It could just be having them look at putting a sculpture into a park or building," she said.
"It supports and facilitates different areas of the arts and attempts to link in with a lot of projects."
Ms Buckley said the Tweed enjoyed a good cultural reputation thanks to its current status as the City of the Arts.
"The title City of the Arts has given us the confidence to know we are heading in the right direction," she said.
"We are tightly positioned between the two tourist hubs of Byron Bay and the Gold Coast and we do try to position ourself as a unique destination. I think the Tweed should be, and probably is, very proud of what we have achieved."
She said she would remain behind the scenes, guiding the Tweed's cultural growth for some time.
"I am determined to sustain the legacies of the City of the Arts program. Maitland takes over the title in July but we will run the program until the end of the year."