In late 2010, a series of devastating floods hit Queensland forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from towns and cities. At least 90 towns and over 200,000 people were affected. Damage initially was estimated at around A$1 billion before it was raised to $2.38 billion.
Following the floods a pilot program was funded by Arts Queensland and Australia Council for the Arts to support community recovery in three of the areas worst affected by the disasters– Cassowary Coast, Ipswich and Lockyer Valley. The program involved using arts-based activities to contribute to community recovery and rebuilding.
A detailed Evaluation Report was prepared that included findings from the evaluation as well as a series of key strategic recommendations: