Sally is an advocate for regional creative businesses, and works with communities to incorporate local creative initiatives in design projects.
Creative Economy Advice
Sally was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the development of regional creative economies, with an emphasis on urban design. She traveled to Spain, the UK, Canada and the USA - visiting and interviewing exemplar creative economy incubators, practitioners and initiatives. The findings and an assessment of the best elements of each example visited were collated into a report, which is available at the Fellowship website as a resource for regional communities.
As inaugural Chair of Creative Albany, Sally helped form this community based group to support economic diversity and the creative industries in Albany and the Great Southern. Creative Albany has brought over $500,000 in funding into the creative economy sector in Albany; the ‘multiplier effect’ of these creative projects is estimated to have generated close to an additional $250,000 of economic benefit to the city.
In 2016, Sally co-authored a survey of the creative industries in the Great Southern. The report provided an accurate picture of the sector for the first time, and revealed that it was double the size previously recorded. The audit also identified the size of each creative specialty and made strategic recommendations for the growth and development of the creative economy in the region.