Yorta Yorta woman and artist Janet Bromley is planning to connect more Indigenous people with the region's arts sector in her new role with the City of Greater Bendigo.
Ms Bromley has taken on the newly-created position of First Nations arts officer after a need for more engagement with Indigenous people was identified in council's creative strategy.
A large part of Ms Bromley's role will be connecting Indigenous artists with art venues.
"This role is giving me an opportunity to see what's happening across board," she said. "I will be here to support Aboriginal artists to connect to art and art venues.
"People can come and talk with me about what is available but I will also be giving out information if I see things in council that could connect with people. I would like to have a committee of Aboriginal artists thinking about what we what's needed here and in the future."
"A lot of people are calling for it, not just Aboriginal people," she said. "There needs to be more involvement, there needs to be an Aboriginal art gallery here and somewhere to buy Aboriginal art.
"I recently finished my masters at La Trobe and had person from the US visiting and asking where they can get some Aboriginal art. Even though know all the artists, there was nowhere to do that particularly. There were a few things at the visitor centre but not a huge variety."
Ms Bromley turned to art nine years ago after being made redundant.
"I didn't have a job, so I came up here (from Melbourne). My art is about heritage, family and Country," she said. "I knew as older person (when I arrived) I needed to establish myself. I have been to every opening and wine and cheese thing to put my face out there and connect with people."
She believes her connection to Bendigo's arts scene will hold her in good stead in her new role.
"I have run the Naidoc Week (art show), the Knuldoorong Art Exhibition, for the last four years. It has been around for a long time but didn't really engage with the general public.
"Once it moved to Dudley House, it became more connected to all people and visitors coming through here. When the Marilyn Monroe exhibition was on, we sold three quarters of our art (at Knuldoorong)."