A new website launched today is set to spoil Central West residents and visitors for choice in regards to the region's arts and cultural offerings.
Culture Maps Central NSW features a series of interactive online maps documenting the region's many creative attractions.
The website was produced by Arts OutWest in partnership with Regional Development Australia [RDA] Central West, Central NSW Joint Organisation [CNSWJO] and the tourism arms of 11 local councils.
Arts OutWest executive director Tracey Callinan said the website brings together the region's cultural assets into a map medium for the first time.
"Culture Maps focuses on five key cultural areas: museums and heritage, galleries, Aboriginal sites, handmade product and public art," Ms Callinan said.
"The website answers a need to bring the rich array of cultural assets across the Central West together into an interactive database for regional residents and visitors to access."
Ms Callinan said Culture Maps has the potential to bolster the recovery of the arts and tourism, two sectors arguably hit the hardest by COVID-19.
"In the short term, this website gives local residents the opportunity to explore the cultural landmarks around them," she said.
"As Australia and the world starts to open back up, it'll serve as an informative and innovative resource for national and international tourists."
RDA Central West chief executive officer Sam Harma said the project is an example of teamwork and collaboration in action.
"Culture Maps is destined to drive interest, visitation and expenditure across our region, and it deserves our support as a regional collective," Mr Harma said.
"There's 420 location pins on the Culture Maps website, so there's something for everyone."
CNSWJO Tourism Group chair Bill West said Culture Maps serves as an opportunity to learn more about the heritage and culture of the Central West.
"Too often do we take for granted the history, heritage and culture in our own backyards," Mr West said.
To access the website, visit centralnsw.com.
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