National Taskforce for Creative Recovery

The National Taskforce for Creative Recovery is a cross-industry collaboration that brings together key influencers in disaster management, mental health, government and the arts to forge pathways for new thinking in response to the unprecedented challenges being faced by communities.

Founded on the knowledge that disaster resilience is a collective responsibility of all sectors, the taskforce was formed to build a greater understanding of the role of culture and the arts in strengthening recovery capability and advocate for its inclusion in the vital work of disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

The Taskforce aims to:

  • Strengthen understanding of, and appreciation for, the role of culture and the arts in disaster management systems
  • Make progress towards embedding culture and the arts in local, state/territory and federal disaster management arrangements
  • Increase opportunities for artists to work as part of disaster recovery and access available funding for arts-based programs
  • Encourage increased recognition of, and sustainability for, culture and the arts in communities and advocate for its ongoing inclusion in disaster management programs

The culmination of the taskforce’s engagement is a set of recommendations calling for creative practices and the specialist skills of the arts and cultural sector to be embedded as a key component of Australia’s disaster management systems. The planned one-year engagement of the taskforce has now concluded but the group continues as a formal alliance, working in partnership with colleagues across government, service organisations, the private sector and in communities to advocate for the implementation of the recommendations. 

Taskforce Members

Collin Sivalingum

Collin Sivalingum

(Chair), State Emergency Services Manager, Red Cross Queensland

Colin is a trained member of the International Federation of Red Cross – Field Assessment Coordinating Team, responsible for field assessment to determine response and recovery strategy after a disaster. He is also a Preparedness for Effective Response facilitator for the International Federation of Red Cross.

Collin has extensive management consultancy and project management experience and has worked in most countries in Africa and all countries in Sub-Sahara Africa and parts of Europe including humanitarian and aid work with highly displaced communities. Colin is an Incident Commander for Red Cross Emergency Operations, as well as a Board Member for CASSI; a disability support organisation that supports clients in Queensland and New South Wales, and a founding member and President of Woodlands Community Inc.

Dr Stephen Carbone

Dr Stephen Carbone

Founder / CEO, Prevention United

Stephen has extensive clinical experience in mental health having worked as a general practitioner in Melbourne’s west and northwest suburbs and as a medical officer in Victoria’s specialist mental health services. Stephen also has experience in mental health policy and program and service development having held senior roles in the Victorian Department of Health, headspace, and Beyond Blue.

Stephen is keen to promote the importance of combining a focus on mental health programs that promote mental wellbeing and prevent mental health conditions, with efforts to enhance mental healthcare services for people living with these conditions.

Jacqui Cristiano

Jacqui Cristiano

Director - Social and Environmental Policy, National Recovery and Resilience Agency

Jacqui has extensive Australian Public Service experience leading complex whole-of-Government work programs and a solid track record of successfully applying insight to deliver improvements to experiences, service delivery, decision making and business outcomes. Her experience includes managing strategic research programs and projects, oversight of a comprehensive agency complaints system, and developing domestic and international policy.

Currently she leads on both social policy and environment policy for the NRRA. Although relatively new to the emergency management space, Jacqui grew up in rural Victoria and has had firsthand experience with floods, droughts and fires. Jacqui holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ballarat University.

Jillian Edwards

Jillian Edwards

Specialist Disaster Risk and Resilience Advisor; Founder / Director, Beyond Business as Usual

Jillian is a specialist advisor in systemic disaster risk, resilience, and strategy. With over 30 years’ experience in emergency and disaster management, she has led multiple change management and capability building programs in Australia and the Pacific region, resulting in fundamental shifts in thinking, policy, and resilience outcomes.

As Founder and Director of Beyond Business as Usual, Jillian uses her deep knowledge and experience to support to institutions, organisations and individuals redefine and develop business models and build the resilience and capability to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing risk context.

Natalie Egleton

Natalie Egleton

CEO, Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal

Natalie Egleton is the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR). With a 25-year career in the non-profit and philanthropic sector in consulting, fundraising and partnerships, and organisation development roles, she is passionate about facilitating effective and enduring responses to issues facing rural communities. Since becoming CEO of FRRR in 2015 she has led the organisation through a period of significant growth and impact, facilitating over $80m in funding to remote, rural, and regional communities through hundreds of partnerships and collaborations.

Before joining FRRR, Natalie consulted with Matrix on Board, working with numerous not-for-profit organisations in program evaluation, undertaking research analysis and developing business plans. Natalie has also held in-house roles at Evolve (Typo Station) and at ANZ Banking Group, implementing projects that made a tangible difference to the lives of people living in rural, regional and remote Australia. Natalie holds a B. Social Science (Public Policy/Research/Public Relations), Grad Dip Applied Science (Organisation Dynamics), and is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors.

Amanda Leck

Amanda Leck

(Former) Executive Director, Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience

Amanda Leck is the Executive Director of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience where she leads a program of work on behalf of the Commonwealth Government through the National Recovery and Resilience Agency, to support a disaster resilient Australia.

Amanda is a community development and engagement professional with a proven ability to provide leadership and strategic direction in the planning, implementation and delivery of programs, in a complex environment. She has 30 years’ experience in the emergency management and community sectors, working with CFA Victoria, local government, AFAC the national fire and emergency services council, prior to her appointment leading AIDR.

Amanda has significant experience in establishing partnerships with all levels of Government and the business sector, and has demonstrated strategic leadership, executive management and corporate governance experience.

Scotia Monkivitch

Scotia Monkivitch

Executive Officer, Creative Recovery Network

Scotia is Executive Officer of Creative Recovery Network, an organisation dedicated to advocating and supporting the role of the arts and creativity in disaster preparedness and response. In this role, Scotia has led the development of a robust program of tools, training programs and support for creatives working in this field.
Scotia has a broad range of professional experiences in the community arts and cultural development sector, specialising in training, mentoring, strategic planning, project management, research and facilitation. She has a performance background spanning 25 years in theatre and devised performance and led the establishment of the Australian chapter of the Magdalena International Project, which gives voice and recognition to women in theatre.
Elizabeth Robertson

Elizabeth Robertson

Senior Policy Officer, Local Government NSW

Elizabeth Robertson is representing the Australian Local Government Association on this Taskforce. She currently works at Local Government NSW, the peak body for councils in NSW, and has been in the advocacy team at LGNSW for 7 years.

Elizabeth advocates on behalf of councils for greater recognition and support of the important role of local government in social service provision and community development. She also convenes a variety of capacity building and networking opportunities for councils to learn best practice.

Sam Savage

Sam Savage

Northern Queensland Emergency Services Regional Coordinator, Australian Red Cross

Sam is a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander man who respects, practices, and promotes his diverse cultures to his family and broader communities throughout Australia. Born and raised in Townsville and having cultural ties to the Townsville region as a descendant of the Birrigubba Nation, Sam respects and acknowledges his connection to country and also acknowledging and respecting his father’s Torres Strait Islander connection to country on Maurar (Rennel Island) in the Torres Straits.

Sam has more than 30 years experience across government and community sectors including education, housing, employment, natural resource management, youth justice and child protection. His current role is Northern Queensland Emergency Services Regional Coordinator where he works in the Emergency Services sector with Australian Red Cross at a regional, state & national level. Sam assists in the coordination of community resilience, response, and recovery programs to care for communities with a focus on psychosocial support.

Sam is the current Chairperson of the Australian Red Cross National First Nations Recovery Group and a member of the Australian Red Cross National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Team.

Joe Toohey

Joe Toohey

Executive Director (CEO), Regional Arts Victoria

Joe has a wealth of administrative and management experience gained in his current role as Executive Director of Regional Arts Victoria and previous experience at Footscray Community Arts Centre, SYN Media, Express Media, Macleod YMCA and Victoria University. Born and raised in Albury, Joe relocated to Melbourne to attend university and foster the arts. He has a Bachelor of Business (Marketing / Music Industry), and in 2013 he completed his Master of Arts Management at the University of Melbourne following an internship in Singapore, and also completed the Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Leaders Program in 2014.

He is curently Treasurer of the Footscray Community Arts Centre. Joe was General Manager and CEO at Express Media from 2010-2013, where he led a restructure of the organisation, as well as introducing exciting new partnerships leading to a comprehensive program of literary and developmental offerings for young writers. His past roles at Regional Arts Victoria have included supporting the Cultural Partnerships team and regionally-based Creative Arts Facilitators, as well as coordinating a 2010 state-wide project, Illuminated By Fire.

The National Taskforce for Creative Recovery is supported by the Australian Government through the industry collaborations stream of Australia Council’s Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives fund.

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