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What is FIVE Busselton?

FIVE Busselton was a major new community arts project that took place in 2013. It engaged fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) partners, wives, families and friends in an effort to build social connection and community resilience in the Busselton region – home for a growing number of FIFO and DIDO workers. In 2012, Rio Tinto and the Shire of Busselton signed a three-year Memorandum Of Understanding that focuses on young people and families to ensure the needs of those living the FIFO lifestyle are met.

FIVE Busselton was part of the larger FIVE project, a two-year partnership with DADAA and Rio Tinto that worked in five Western Australian communities during 2013 and 2014, including: Busselton, Paraburdoo, Geraldton, Derby and Esperance. The statewide project engaged both FIFO and residential workers and their families, as well as members from Aboriginal, farming and young adult communities.

FIVE aims to build awareness around issues of mental health through a community arts and cultural development approach. The project addresses key components of the Mental Health Commission's 2020 strategy for Western Australia.

Two series of workshops took place in Busselton during October and November 2013.

  • Local community artist Nicole Mickle worked with FIFO partners in a series of Ephemeral Art workshops over six weeks that culminated in a public installation.
  • Sculpture and performance artist Hiromi Tango facilitated a series of drop-in workshops that engaged schools, youth groups and community organisations and the wider community in building a large-scale sculpture.

Highly regarded digital artist Craig Walsh filmed community portraits that capture individual and community stories around the theme of 'belonging' as well as impacts from the Busselton project. You can view the film here.

The artistic outcomes from both workshops were on show at a public exhibition and screening in the City of Busselton’s Artgeo Cultural Precinct from 22 to 28 November 2013. On completion of FIVE Busselton, the project moved to the town of Geraldton, taking place during April and May 2014.

DADAA continues to engage with the City of Busselton, as an important local government partner, in mapping the impacts and planning the future of FIVE.

For more information, email or call Jacque on (08) 9430 6616.

Dadaa Principal partnerRio Tinto Arts partner Australia Council