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Council’s Tracking Down Tractor Tales

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Anna Gundry ... looking for tractor tales

Do you have a story about a tractor? An anecdote, a short poem or a comic strip you’d like to draw?

The South Burnett’s upcoming arts and music festival, Tractor Tattoo, will be revealing its main centrepiece, a “musical” tractor, on September 15 but in the meantime the South Burnett Regional Council is looking for tractor stories.

The tractor was selected as the symbol for the festival as it has a strong connection with people in the South Burnett.

It’s a machine that is the core of many memories and stories, some funny, some tragic.

“The tractor holds a special place in our hearts, whether it symbolises the beginning of our food chain or reminds you of the early morning starts with granddad on the farm,” Cr Cheryl Dalton said.

“We want you to write about your past history or your future with tractors. You can use your imagination to create a story or just dot-point what a tractor means to you. It will all be a valuable contribution to the Tractor Tattoo 2012 event.

“We want the community to know that these stories will be valued; so we have deliberately decided that the collection isn’t a competition. We would just like to collate stories to showcase why we have chosen a tractor as our centrepiece for the State and federal government-funded arts event.”

Tractor Tattoo 2012 is a community arts and cultural project based around an event featuring the transformation of an old tractor into a playable musical instrument and a month of visual arts projects across the region.

Funding for the musical instrument and composition component of the project has been provided by the Regional Arts Fund, Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Queensland.

For more information, contact the SBRC’s promotions officer Sheena Uebergang on (07) 4189-9100 or visit the council’s website.

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Council is keen to involve all sectors of the community in the Tractor Tattoo project and has invited community groups interested in running a food stall on the main day to contact them.

The event will be held on September 15 in the Kingaroy Town Hall forecourt area. Food stalls will be open from 4:00pm to  8:00pm.

For further information contact project co-ordinator Sally Johnston before July 6 on 0418-227-784 or by email

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Local artists wanting to get involved in Tractor Tattoo will probably be interested to learn that the latest round of funding under the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) scheme is now open.

Applications close July 2.

For further information, contact Council’s RADF Liaison Officer Vivienne Kirby on (07) 4189-9100 or by email

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