Susan Gibbeson is the Senior Policy Advisor — Social, Health and Housing at Fairfield City Council. She has extensive experience in local government, and formerly occupied the position/s of Strategic Partnerships and Programs as well as Social Outcomes Manager at Parramatta City Council. In her roles at Parramatta Council, Susan played a critical role in introducing arts policy in Council. She wrote the initial Parramatta Cultural Plan, providing the foundation for initiatives such as integrated public art, digital art, the development of dance as a key focus area and the identification of artists in the local area. Susan also introduced the first Sydney Indigenous Film Festival as part of her work in events. She has an interest in the development of Australian hip-hop and young artists. Susan was awarded the Brendan Hartnett award in 2006 for her contribution to the arts as a local government officer.