Stories (and love), make the world go round. Stories capture our minds and help us connect, pull at our heart strings and inspire insight, reflection, change and personal growth. This is why storytelling lies at the very core of our community.
I recently travelled to Winton, in lieu of Paris, and made the deliberate detour to pass by the Three Moons Silos and Monto Art Trail (pictured above and featured in Issue 3) in the North Burnett Region. The artworks are breathtaking and tell the stories of the Gooreng Gooreng people, Chinese fossickers, jackaroos, local personalities and school children. Transforming unattractive but functional infrastructure into heartfelt art has inspired a new campaign by the Childers Chamber of Commerce to beautify the town’s water tower. The Chamber is in talks with Bundaberg Regional Council to give the town “wow factor” from the southern approach on the Bruce Highway. I, for one, look forward to seeing the project come to fruition.
In another little piece of magic, Creative Regions recently began the first stage of a new project in the Woodgate area, The Kangaroo Tail. The local multi-arts production company is pursuing the theme ‘Healing the Land, Healing Ourselves—Together’ commencing with Traditional Owner, Byron Broome from the Taribelang Cultural Aboriginal Corporation sharing stories with students from Goodwood State Primary School, before providing a demonstration on the traditional method to start fire. Visual artist, Jess Newitt then leads students through a stop-motion animation workshop, focused on respecting the environment. An animation workshop with a similar theme was hosted at the Woodgate Community Hall recently and will culminate in large-scale projection art at events in the Region soon.