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Our People Our Stories initiative celebrated

Our People Our Stories
David Kirkwood from BRSPN views the postcards.

A celebration of community was held at the Bundaberg Multiplex last week as locals from across the region gathered for a special Our People Our Stories event.

The project was implemented by Bundaberg Regional Council's Community Development team earlier this year with the aim to create a conversation between residents while telling stories of community through a mix of digital media and hard-copy postcards.

Fifty individuals and groups were interviewed throughout 2020 and 2021 and their stories shared to celebrate the region’s diversity and strengthen community connections.

Participants were either nominated by locals or self-nominated to be involved in the project.

On Wednesday evening those involved were called together to celebrate the final stage of the project and to share their experiences through the 5000 postcards that were developed and distributed.

These postcards can be found at any Council facility including Customer Service Centres, Neighbourhood Centres, BRAG, CHARTS, Libraries and the Hinkler Hall of Aviation.

Community Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Tracey McPhee said Our People Our Stories was a wonderful way to highlight the people of the region.

“Our local people have contributed so much to our region and this project was the perfect opportunity to not only thank them but to also highlight our great community spirit,” she said.

“The Our People Our Stories project initiated conversations to increase exposure and build awareness, knowledge and understanding of the diverse members that make up where we live,” she said.

“Locals were encouraged to share their story, their culture, the triumphs, and adversities to expose the broader community to new ways of thinking.”

The project will soon see the stories turned into canvas prints that will travel across the region to community events and Council facilities.

This Our People Our Stories initiative was funded by The Queensland Government, Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy through the Thriving Cohesive Communities Grants.

To read all of the Our People Our Stories profiles click here.

Our People Our Stories
Diane Hicks from Bundaberg Neighbourhood Centre with Multicultural Reference Group and Harmony Garden members.

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