In Conversation with Zena Armstrong

Zena Armstrong joins us to share the story of community recovery in the village of Cobargo following the Black Summer bushfires that devastated the town and surrounding regions.

Zena is a former Australian diplomat and director of the Cobargo Folk Festival where she works with a close-knit team of volunteers using music, art and the spoken word to grow community connectedness and imagine new ways of being.

In the wake of the 2019-20 bushfires, Zena and the folk festival team joined forces with other key local organisations to harness the outpouring of support for their community, forming the Cobargo Community Bushfire Recovery Fund, of which she is now President.

The fund has supported more than 40 projects and the story of its formation embodies the collective process and potential for community-led approaches to support recovery and ongoing preparedness in regional communities.

Photograph by Peter Logue

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