1. This event took place in November 2014. Local street artist Jamie Kirby was commissioned by the owner of the Commerce North building to produce a mural about business and industry in North Bundaberg. Plans were made to screen an outdoor movie and bring the community together in a space that had been flooded nearly 2 years prior. 150 people turned out to experience the movie night set up with furniture and activities in the carpark of the Young Aussie Hotel. It started a community conversation about having simple, enjoyable community gathering in unique spaces.

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  2. On Saturday 17th October, the Crush Festival shut down Post Office Lane for the evening for a pop up event. It is part of the Place Activation Program managed by Creative Regions on behalf of the Bundaberg Regional Council. Place Activation is about reinvigorating spaces, testing them and getting people to think differently about them. Mumma's Nest markets filled Gallery Park and spilled into the laneway. BRAG stayed open late. 2 stages filled the twilight evening with music. Street art demonstrations, upsized games, projections of historic city footage, art installations and interactive art events were offered to the community. With no marketing budget, 3000 people came out to see what was happening, curious to explore this space that most had never walked down before. Bundaberg is not Melbourne and not a city of laneways. But Post Office Lane is lined with historic buildings and quirky spaces that artists can enliven through their art form. Thanks to our partners Bundaberg Regional Council, Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, Mummas Nest Markets, BRAG, Bundaberg Libraries, Rotaract, the wealth of local performers who volunteered their time and the local food businesses that came out and took a risk on our event. Feedback - DO IT AGAIN! We will, but not in Post Office Lane. Stay tuned!

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  3. A Place Activation project of Creative Regions and the Bundaberg Regional Council, testing the use of outdoor eating spaces at four North Bundaberg businesses.

    Artists - Tomas O'Malley, Christine Turner, Jennifer McDuff and Marlies Oakley
    Creative Team - Shelley Pisani, Wendy Zunker and Alicia Otto
    Film produced by - David Quarrell and Jacob Zunker for Associate Media
    Participating Businesses - Bundy Bakehouse, Nightingales Pies, Oodies Cafe and Bella Martinos

    This project was funded through the Bundaberg Regional Council's Cultural Development Program managed by Creative Regions and the Regional Arts Development Fund. RADF is a Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Bundaberg Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture.

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  4. As part of the Creative Recovery Network's Community Reporter Forum in Bundaberg in December 2013, Damein Aidon led a process engaging participants in painting words on trees using ochres. The words reflected how people felt about their communities nearly 12 months on from the natural disasters of 2013. The painting of the trees is a form of sustainable graffiti. The ochres eventually fade, crack or wash off the trees and return to the earth. The participants found this to be an amazing cathartic experience.

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  5. Return to the Land is part of a Place Activation and Afloat Creative Recovery Projects delivered by Creative Regions and funded through the Bundaberg Regional Council and Arts Queensland. The work by artist Christine Turner was an installation at the Oaks Beach, Burnett Heads. This community was hit by tornadoes in January 2013 followed by debris that flowed out of the flooded Burnett River. This project utilises the arts to reactivate the places, encouraging community conversation and interaction. The song is provided by Carl Wockner.

    This is the first of five videos in this series.

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Place Activation - Bundaberg Region

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Place Activation is a 3-year program being implemented across the Bundaberg Region with the support of the Bundaberg Regional Council. Place Activation in the context of this project is utilising creative people and innovative town planning practices…


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Place Activation is a 3-year program being implemented across the Bundaberg Region with the support of the Bundaberg Regional Council. Place Activation in the context of this project is utilising creative people and innovative town planning practices to design vibrant, livable spaces. It is about targeting areas of the Bundaberg Region that are not well utilised by the community or are perceived to not be the better places to visit, live in or do business. Through engaging creative people and planning principles in conversation with the community, these spaces can contain projects that challenge these perceptions, reflect the spirit of the place and its people and ignite a sense of community pride and belonging.

The key principles for selecting and developing project:
• Choosing under-utilised spaces or places that need reinvigorating/ reinventing
• Engage creative people including artists, designers, planners and artsworkers to work alongside representatives of the place to develop and deliver the project
• The projects must reflect the place in which they are occurring
• Keep costs low utilising local resources and repurposing where possible – Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper
• Test using temporary or semi-permanent projects with the potential to advocate for a permanent change

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