Recovery through the Arts Program

Moorabool Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest from artists with community practice experience and community organisations to develop and deliver a “Recovery through the Arts Program” (Program) for the storm impacted towns in Moorabool Shire. The Program is to be designed to encourage participation of community members across the Blackwood area, Korweinguboora area and Barkstead areas.

Program Aim

The Program is envisaged as a comprehensive community building program which seeks to strengthen the Moorabool communities impacted by the June 2021 storms by bringing them together to engage in a creative activity.

The program may focus on the impact of the storm or utilise the debris from the storm - but this should not be a limiting factor to the program’s development, particularly if it inhibits participation by some sections of the community (eg those carrying residual trauma from the storm event).

The Program

It is expected that the successful applicant will:

  • Create an engaging program of creative activities for the community to participate in with all ages/genders/skills levels considered
  • Actively seek to include as many community members as possible in the Program
  • Plan multiple workshops/ events across the storm affected footprint of the shire or consider options to transport residents to one focal location
  • Consider how to document the Program for longevity (eg leave a legacy).

Governance Structure

  • The Program will be delivered through the Moorabool Shire Council Storm Recovery Unit, with the successful applicant reporting into the Storm Recovery Coordinator for the duration of the program.
  • The Storm Recovery Coordinator will oversee the expenditure of the budget
  • The applicant will have an agreement with Council to develop and deliver the program and expend funds according to an approved budget
  • Any promotional activity, media releases or media activity associated with the program will be managed by Council
  • The applicant will produce a report detailing the program activities, number of participants and outcomes (including photos- with consent)


Artist/Organisations fee: $5,000 (ex gst)

Program costs/Materials: $9,000 (ex gst)

Promotion: $1,000 (ex gst)

Total budget: $15,000 (ex gst)

Key activity Timeline 

Expression of interest open 

9-22 December 2022 

Interviews (virtual) 

9-17 January 2023

Advice of successful applicant 

19 January 2023

Inception meeting 

30 January 2023

Program approval 

7 February 2023

Program promotion 

12 February 2023 onward 

Program delivery 

24 February-24 March 2023 

Reporting & acquittal 

31 March 2023