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Artists sought for creative bushfire recovery program

Published: 22 January 2020

Local artists are encouraged to apply for a rare opportunity to participate in a creative program that supports the recovery of the community after the Bunyip Complex Fires in March 2019.

Up to nine Creative Recovery Artist Facilitator positions are available, three each from Baw Baw Shire, Cardinia Shire and Latrobe City councils.

The artists will work with residents affected by the Bunyip Complex Fires to tell their stories through a series of creative projects.

The team of artists will be mentored by Creative Recovery Network’s Amanda Gibson. Amanda was the project lead on The Tree Project, a nine-metre steel and copper gum tree in Strathewen that was created to commemorate the Black Saturday bushfires.

Amanda will support the artists to engage with residents from the bushfire area to develop one or more creative projects that reflect on the Bunyip Complex fires.

Prior to the community consultation, the artists will be mentored in working with trauma impacted communities. They will receive recognised training in mental health support, emergency management and facilitating community meetings to upskill them to become community recovery artists. In the event of a future disaster, they will be called upon to work with residents on creative recovery projects.

Cardinia Shire Mayor Councillor Jeff Springfield encouraged artists from all mediums to apply for the Creative Recovery Artist Facilitator roles.

“This project will provide an opportunity for local artists to bring the community together to creatively tell their stories and create a platform for reflection and commemoration of the Bunyip Complex fires,” Cr Springfield said.

Applications close at 12pm, Friday 14 February 2020.

For more information, visit the Creative Recovery Network website at

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