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Council to chronicle community’s colourful characters in conversation

An outback Queensland Council has embarked on a project to digitally record the history of its communities as told by the people that were there.

The Longreach Region Oral History Project is an initiative of Longreach Regional Council funded in part by its Regional Arts Development Fund. It aims to capture personal accounts of significant moments in the region’s history through a series of interviews recorded in digital high-definition for posterity. 

Project Manager Nicole Bond says the firsthand historical knowledge present in the community is of immense value.

“There are people out there who have lived in our region all their lives and remember the key events in our history because they were there or their families were there” she said. “Those are the people we want to identify and talk to for this project.”

“We’re looking for suggestions about what those key events and time periods are, and who can bring those stories to life.”

An online survey is being used to gather recommendations, information and leads to help build the project, which ultimately aims to gather between 15 and 20 interviews with residents.

The community will have the opportunity to learn more about the project, and suggest topics and interviewees, at Council’s upcoming Community Consultation Forums. The bi-annual forums, in which Council canvasses ideas for the future, take place in Ilfracombe on 2 October, Yaraka and Isisford on 3 October, and Longreach on 4 October.