Mildura Weekly : Friday September 16 Vol 10 No 45
10 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 By AlexAndrA TreloAr MILDURA is set to transform into a hive of inspiration next month, when several of Aus- tralia’s most innovative and creative designers descend on the region as part of the an- nual Cultivator conference. Established in 2010 – and scheduled for October 21 – Cultivator aims to bring na- tional and international guest speakers from varied back- grounds together to address the challenges of living re- gionally, while looking at the relationship between design industry and social issues. Founder and chair of Cul- tivator, Mark Haynes, said the conference had grown steadily each year, and was fast build- ing a reputation in the indus- try – one that has helped at- tract the best designers in the country to the event. “The history of art and de- sign is strong in Mildura, but unfortunately we do suffer a bit of a ‘cultural cringe’ where most people seem to think we have to go out of town to find creative services,” Mark said this week. “Cultivator came about to highlight what we can do in regional Australia, and to show that we are not restrict- ed.” In the past, Cultivator has attracted high profile design- ers such as Jumbana Group – a leading Australian indige- nous design company respon- sible for the cultural artwork on Qantas planes – and New South Wales Shadow Minister for Education, Jihad Dib, who will return to Mildura to host this year’s event. While the conference is based on the design industry, Mark insists that people from all areas and industries can gain something from Cultiva- tor. “Everyone has the ability to be a creative thinker, and we are trying to change the perception that being creative doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be able to draw – it’s more about the concept and the idea – then having people assist you to get to the final product,” he said. “The future for regional areas like Mildura is that we need to start to think seriously about how we generate or in- spire the younger generation to encourage them to believe that their ideas are valid.” With a crowd of 270 at- tending Cultivator in 2015, Mark anticipates another promising audience for this year’s event. “We have a really big mix of people attend, some as young as 10 all the way to 70-years-old, and that’s re- ally good to see because the conversation gets started and that’s where ideas form,” he said. “I’d encourage the com- munity to come along and be part of something that’s very inspiring.” The Mildura Weekly will feature a series of articles on each of this year’s five key speakers in coming weeks. For more information on Cultivator 2016 visit www.cul- tivator.net.au, or visit the Cul- tivator Facebook page. Conference will cultivate new ideas in Sunraysia • BRINGING THE INDUSTRY’S BEST TO TOWN: Founder and chair of Cultivator Mark Haynes anticipating this year’s event to inspiring to everyone in the community. Wentworth Shire election results remain a mystery THE make-up of the next Wentworth Shire Council re- mains a mystery almost one week after Local Govern- ment elections were held, with only four of the nine available seats decided. Former councillors Melisa Hederics (740 votes), PICTURED, and Don McKinnon (422), former Mayor Bill Wheeldon (384) and first-time candidate Tim Elstone (500), BELOW, have sewn up victory based on first preference voting, exceeding the 297-vote target set by the New South Wales Elec- toral Commission. It is expected that the other five Council seats could be declared as early as today, with candidates’ preferences to hold the key. Of the other eight candidates, Greg Evans (225 votes) and Susan Nichols (241 votes) are the closest to the New South Wales Electoral Commission target, with both tipped to secure a Council seat based on the allocation of candidate preferences. A total of 3077 votes were cast in the election, with Mrs Hederics attracting an incredible 25 percent of the first preference vote ahead of Mr Elstone (16.89 percent) and Mr McKinnon (14.25 percent). Should a result be declared today as expected, all nine elected councillors will be sworn in next Monday. 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