A realignment of Country Arts SA staffing structure has opened five new regional positions as well as increasing Aboriginal employment across the organisation.
The company consulted staff and key stakeholders about ways they can continue to provide, create and support art and culture in the region.
As part of the realignment, Country Arts SA will also invest in new systems and technologies to better connect their sites across the region and in Adelaide.
CEO Steve Saffell said the organisation wants more people employed in regional areas.
“That will include a Marketing and Community Relations Officer in either port Pirie or Whyalla,” he said.
“We’re going to have an Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Facilitator in partnership with the Regional Council of Goyder.”
Mr Saffell went on to say everything possible will be done to look after staff and secure the future for arts in regional SA.
“Our staff are our greatest asset and it is regrettable that the next several months will be a period of significant change and transition that will impact in some way on all staff,” he said.
“The changes will be more significant for some than others and we are offering those staff the support they need to take the next step in their career.
“Our new organisation will be sustainable. We will value our regional artists and communities. We will present a diversity of arts experiences that are relevant to regional communities and create new art with stories from regional South Australia to share with the rest of the world.”
The changes are already underway and are expected to take 12 months to complete.