Buloke Living

Buloke Living

Buloke Living

Through times of crisis and change, the Buloke Shire community share their stories.

Recognising that ongoing drought conditions in the Buloke Shire pose major challenges to the community, Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership (SMPCP) initiated, coordinated and facilitated the SMPCP Buloke Community Wellbeing Drought Collaboration meeting in December 2015. This brought together 24 people from local agencies, businesses and community members to discuss resilience and the community’s support needs.

As a result of, the Southern Mallee PCP Buloke Community Resilience Working Group (BCRWG) was formed to work collaboratively on initiatives addressing resilience, connectedness and enhancing community skills and capacity. The Southern Mallee PCP BCRWG commenced in January 2016 and decided to initiate a photo story book project, focusing on the resilience of the Buloke people and created by the community. It aims to build community capacity through photography and storytelling, and strengthen local networks.

The Buloke Living Project; A Book of Connection was officially launched in February 2016, followed by sub launches in all ten Buloke towns.

“Buloke communities and individuals continue to thrive and adapt to new ‘normals’ thrust upon them by the changing demographic, ecological and economic climate confronting rural Victoria. The Buloke Living project is an observation and reminder of how Buloke people, family and communities rise through adversity and support each other and their community.” Mayor of Buloke Shire

 

Resounding – ‘A Singing Thing’

Resounding – ‘A Singing Thing’

Resounding – ‘A Singing Thing’

Resounding – ‘A Singing Thing’ is an arts-based creative recovery project, supporting communities impacted by the bushfires of February and March 2019 in the Bunyip State Park in Victoria.

The Resounding project is led by Performance Artist and Creative Recovery Facilitator, Gülşen Özer and began with community consultation and a postal project in early 2020.

From this early engagement the idea for ‘A Signing Thing’ was hatched and a suite of singing workshops for community were planned by Özer along with the aim of writing a song for and with community.

‘A Singing Thing’ workshops took place in March 2021 in between COVID 19 lockdowns and were delivered by Choirmaster and Songwriter Stephen Taberner.

The project is proudly supported by Cardinia Shire Council, Lifeline Gippsland and The Creative Recovery Network.

Special thanks to ‘A Singing Thing’ participants interviewed for this video:
Alan Blackwell, Recovery Centre Volunteer
Daniel Hower, Garfield North Resident
Louise Hunter, Tonimbuk Resident

Film by Tim Stone, Gather Media

TOGETHER

TOGETHER

TOGETHER

If you could share words or images that give you strength what would they be? 

During 2020 communities across the Moira Shire were invited to share words, ideas and images, to create this collective artwork. Each individual MoiraConnect contribution was woven together to represent resilience – the key element in what supports strong connections across the Shire.

Together is a symbol of our strength.

The exhibition came about through a partnership between Creative Recovery Network and Moira Shire Council, and includes 33 pieces of artwork from 17 Moira Shire artists installed on walls and buildings across the shire’s four main towns of Cobram, Yarrawonga, Nathalia and Numurkah.

 

The Blacksmiths Tree Project

The Blacksmiths Tree Project

The Blacksmiths Tree

To remember the people lost to the devastating Black Saturday fires of 2009 and our brave CFA men and women who battled the elements to protect our towns, the Australian Blacksmiths Association (Victoria) Inc. invited blacksmiths from across the country and around the world to contribute to the creation of a steel gumtree.

The Blacksmiths’ Tree, as it came to be called, was erected on February 14, 2014. Five years in the making, this 10m high stainless steel and copper tree was forged with love and care by hundreds of blacksmiths across 20 countries. It stands in the township of Strathewen, Victoria, Australia to remember all of those who perished in the Black Saturday fires of 2009, those who fought the fires and those who continue to live their lives with hope and courage.

To read more

A documentary film has been made about the development of the project – https://documentaryaustralia.com.au/project/forged-from-fire-the-making-of-the-blacksmiths-tree/

Our Stories of COVID-19

Our Stories of COVID-19

OUR STORIES OF COVID-18

COVID is a community crisis that artists responded to in many ways.  Hobart Playback theatre presented a series of 4 shows giving space for people to share stories of their experience.

We all have a story to tell about this time. Our communities have faced isolation, social distancing, fears about our health and that of loved ones, and concerns about our economic future as we grappled with living with the COVID-19 pandemic. Playback Theatre provides a space where we can share our stories and experiences, to understand, and to move forward together.

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