Dubbo Council has updated its policy on photography at the Dubbo Regional Theater and Convention Center | wellington time

DRTCC: Photography is now allowed in the center, with the exception of changing rooms and toilets. Photo: CIARA BASTOW

The current photography policy at Dubbo Regional Theater and Convention Center has been updated to allow more groups to showcase their talent through candid and staged photography.

The current photography policy, which identifies two designated backstage photography areas, is deemed too restrictive by some local performing arts groups wishing to capture photographs and backstage footage of their performers and other members. of their group.

Narelle Jeffrey, Dubbo Eisteddfod committee member and representative of the Performing Arts Collective, spoke at the council’s public forum and said she understands the policy stems from an incident some time ago, but encourages the council to take a different approach.

“As tenants of this place, we certainly have the best interests of children at the forefront, it is our responsibility because it is up to everyone in this room to ensure that our vulnerable people are well protected”, a- she declared.

“The dance collective and the eisteddfod committee want to be able to showcase the friendship that is formed at eisteddfods and sometimes you can see it best when you take a candid photo from the wing.”

Ms Jeffrey said that by restricting photography they are unable to show the ‘dynamism’ and ‘warmth’ that occurs behind the scenes.

“We want to be inclusive and by showcasing these types of photos we are able to contribute to the performing arts sector in our community,” she said.

The Board resolved that the DRTCC’s photography policy be amended to allow all onstage and backstage areas to be available for photography and filming for all tenants, except locker rooms and washrooms.

The Board has also decided to amend the DRTCC’s photography policy to allow local and touring productions that have an adult cast and crew over the age of 18 the ability to photograph and film in locker rooms but not in toilets, noting that anyone filmed or photographed must provide permission.

In a report to the council by director of culture and economy Natasha Comber, the council has a responsibility to ensure that children are protected in accordance with the guidelines of the Office of the Guardian of Children and all users of the facility, including staff.

“The council and members of the local performing arts community share the belief that the intent to protect children and manage business risk is important, but there is room for review in how that protection is ensured,” the report said.

The Council calls for the amended DRTCC photography policy to be considered as part of the child safety standards being developed by Dubbo Regional Council, as part of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Children’s Institutional Responses to child sexual abuse.

The Board requested that another report be provided to the Board in March 2023 summarizing the implementation and compliance with the policy.

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