CQUniversity secures nationally renowned training program for the Wide Bay and Burnett

22 July 2021

Artists and community and cultural workers in Hervey Bay' Kingaroy and Mundubbera will have the opportunity to undertake specialist training in Creative Recovery thanks to a successfully funded and innovative program.

The Central Queensland Regional Arts Services Network (CQRASN) has partnered with the Creative Recovery Network to train up to 60 individuals across the Wide Bay and Burnett regions to use creativity to support their communities in difficult times.

The Creative Recovery Training will provide participants with an understanding of how trauma impacts our communities and the resources and skills required to support community project development within a disaster context.

"Creativity can play a really significant role in the recovery of our communities when natural disasters strike'" said Scotia Monkivitch' Executive officer' Creative Recovery Network.

"The Arts are a very powerful connector' and it can really help people to heal from trauma."

CQRASN Regional Arts Project Officer Trudie Leigo said CQRASN was thrilled to be bringing the 2.5 day immersive training program to the Wide Bay and Burnett.

"This is such important training"' Ms Leigo said.

"It trains participants in essential leadership and facilitation skills."

"Creative people can be a real asset when a community is hurting."

This training has been made possible thanks to a successful funding application to the Category C Queensland Bushfires Flexible Funding Grant – Round Two: a grant jointly funded under the Commonwealth / State Disaster Recovery Funding to implement projects aimed at driving recovery and building resilience.

This project is also being generously supported by Fraser Coast' South Burnett and North Burnett Regional Councils.

Training dates and locations:

11-13 August: Hervey Bay

24-26 August: Mundubbera

27-29 August: Kingaroy

For more information: https://cqregionalarts.net/creative-recovery-training/

The Regional Arts Services Network is an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. CQUniversity has been appointed as the Central Queensland provider.