Jess Hall, Susan Scarr and Ainsley Gatley are excited about the funding granted for Afloat, to celebrate flood recovery.
Jess Hall, Susan Scarr and Ainsley Gatley are excited about the funding granted for Afloat, to celebrate flood recovery. Mike Knott

Keeping Bundy afloat

BUNDABERG people will have the chance to share their stories from the 2010/11 floods after funds were secured for the state's first community and arts "recovery project".

Titled Afloat, the project has been made possible through a funding program provided under the Community Development and Recovery Project, a joint initiative of the Federal and State Governments.

Bundaberg Regional Council spokeswoman Susan Scarr said more than $100,000 had been put into the project.

"The funding will help the community to manage their own recovery effort based on what is important to them," she said.

The multifaceted project aims to bring the community together once again to commemorate a significant part of local history, celebrate the resilience of the region and engage in an arts-led recovery process.

Arts development organisation Creative Regions has successfully secured the funding and has appointed event management business Event Networx to co-ordinate the project, which has five main components and will culminate in the building of a boat in Kendalls Flat as part of a community event.

Creative Regions projects and marking officer Jess Hall said the project was a first for Queensland and the government would be keenly watching to see how art could be used as a healing tool after the natural disaster.

"This is a whole community event which will see consolation, documentation, storytelling and most importantly allowing people to express their sadness, loss or grief at what happened, and hopefully use the arts as a recovery mechanism," she said.

While the main celebration event will be held in May next year, Event Network director Ainsley Gatley said over the next six to seven months a lot of work would go into bringing everything together.

"It's really exciting to be a part of such a feel-good event that has such meaning," she said.

 

Get involved

Five elements in Afloat: Footprints, Woven Stories, QR Trail, Digital Stories and a community event.

To share your story for Afloat projects, phone Ainsley Gatley on 0488 197 400.



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