Donna Ballard, founder and organiser of the Wingham Akoostik Music Festival, has been appointed to the Arts Mid North Coast Board.
Having its beginnings as a small local community event, the Wingham Akoostik Music Festival has grown to become one of the major and most successful events on the Mid North Coast.
"Donna brings to the table her strong strategic planning and financial background as well as representing the live music sector which has become an important focus for the NSW government," Arts Mid North Coat executive officer Kevin Williams said.
The meeting also farewelled long standing member and Great Lakes resident, Leigh Vaughan OAM, who has served on the board since 2002 and as chairperson since 2015.
"Arts Mid North Coast would like to acknowledge the support and leadership Leigh Vaughan has provided over the years", Mr Williams said.
"Leigh has has been a strong advocate for the arts and cultural life in our regions and we wish her the very best".
Leigh is highly regarded in the arts and broader community and was a recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2018 for service to the arts and music education, local government, and community. She was a previous councillor at the former Great Lakes Council, the founding chair of Sinfonia MNC and is currently chairperson of the Tuncurry Memorial Hall Trust.
Cr Rob Turner from Port Macquarie Hastings Council steps into role as the new Arts Mid North Coast chair, having been deputy chair for the last year and member of the board since 2016.
Other new board appointments include Debbie Sommers (Port Macquarie Museum) and Maya Spannari (Kempsey Shire Council). Olivia Parker also joins the organisation as programs and projects manager.