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The networking social event at Dimitie’s Cottage last Friday night

April 3, 2019

South Burnett Arts Inc hosted its first meet’n’greet on Friday in Wondai as a social night for the local creative community.

Writers, singers, artists, musicians, weavers and photographers attended an informal dinner at Dimitie’s Cottage.

Local councillor Ros Heit was also present to gather feedback; Arts portfolio holder Danita Potter was an apology.

The venue was selected as it is where the not-for-profit group was founded in 2009 with the aim of promoting the development of the arts in the region.

Since then South Burnett Arts has run several events itself, and supported the efforts of other South Burnett arts organisations and individual artists with their own projects.

The meet’n’greet was organised to encourage discussions and networking, and suggest topics for consideration at the South Burnett Regional Council’s next quarterly “Creative Roundtable”.

Ideas gathered for the Roundtable included:

  • Suggested amendments to the South Burnett’s Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) guidelines
  • The need for an official South Burnett Regional Council arts policy
  • Grant writing workshops to assist with RADF applications
  • Art on the silos near Kingaroy Airport
  • Projected visual displays on the Kingaroy peanut silos
  • Return of the Nanango Big Screen Film Festival

South Burnett Arts president Jane Iszlaub said she thought the meeting had been very productive, and looked forward to making it a quarterly event.

Council’s next “Creative Roundtable”¬†will be held in Blackbutt at 4:30pm on May 30 at a venue to be decided.

[Disclosure: Anne Miller is secretary of South Burnett Arts]

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