Capturing local history

Article image - Capturing local history Mayor Jack Dempsey discusses the project with Council Tourism Services Officer Ainsley Gatley (left) and Creative Regions Associate Producer Sasha Mackay in front of the Anglican Church of Christ.

Creative Regions is working with Bundaberg Regional Council to develop a history trail for the Bundaberg CBD area.

The initiative, which will allow residents and visitors to walk the paths of local history, is delivering on a component of the Bundaberg Region Heritage Tourism Strategy.

Project co-ordinator Sasha Mackay of Creative Regions is seeking input from anyone with personal experiences, anecdotes and local-history knowledge about specific CBD locations.

“We have 13 target locations in the CBD; we’d love to work with members of the community with a passion for storytelling who would like to help create a digital story for each place, creating a trail that people can walk and link to these stories via handheld technologies.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said Heritage Tourism was not only a means of ensuring important aspects of the region’s early history were accurately recorded but was also a lever for a strong economic return for the region.

“There is incredible visitor interest in heritage tourism and the Bundaberg Region has many fascinating stories to be told.

“Commencing with the CBD is an ideal means of dovetailing into the rejuvenation project currently underway and involving the CBD and riverside precinct,” said the Mayor.

Anyone who gets involved in the project will be offered free mentoring and training in the creation of digital stories in lieu of their hands on contribution to creating the CBD Storywalk.  

Participants will work with Creative Regions and a professional filmmaker to create a short audio-visual story involving writing a script and finding photos and images that complement individual stories.