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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Artspeak: Flood Recovery


An extra edition of our enews with recovery resources + how you can help our local communities in the flood crisis.

ūüď∑¬†Photo of the Parallel Motors mural in Eugowra by Farmpix Photography (Chris Watson), used with permission.
Home to around 700 people the beautiful village of Eugowra has 36 large murals, painted over many years during the annual mural painting weekend, representing the stories of the village and district. Nearly all homes and businesses in Eugowra were flooded including the Craft on the Creek shop and Eugowra Historical Museum and Bushranger Centre. St Joseph’s Primary School lost their much loved collection of musical instruments. 

Published 19 November 2022

Flood impacts our region

Like everyone the Arts OutWest team have been shocked then anguished at the unfolding flood disaster across our region. In towns and villages we love, in communities we work with, happening to people we know.
At the time of sending this there are still flood waters in Forbes, Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo; while the communities of Molong and Eugowra deal with unimaginable clean ups, rebuilds and loss. Flood recovery is happening in Canowindra, Cowra, Goologong, Cudal and in villages and properties across the Kalarie-Lachlan and Wambool-Macquarie River catchments and other parts of the region (the list of locations is long).

This is a small thing, a special extra enews with two purposes:

  1. Resources and links for artists, heritage and museum venues, arts organisation and businesses impacted by flood and water.
  2. A few ways you can help those affected (including events and fundraising this weekend).

Let us know
If your arts, cultural or heritage premises, business, organization, studio, workspace or facilities have been impacted by floods or water recently (anywhere in the NSW Central West, any degree of impact) please also let us know at Arts OutWest as we are coordinating information with state government and state bodies and looking at response options.

Stay safe.
The Arts OutWest team


For museums and collections

From the excellent suite of resources at Museums & Galleries of NSW are some (recently updated) detailed materials.
1. A collection of resources deal with the process of salvaging water damaged collections for museums and galleries
2. Developed out of the Lismore experience this year is this very useful Tips for conservators entering a disaster zone
3. General resources on managing disasters

Local collections advice

Orange Regional Museum are offering collection advice over the phone.
“If your heirlooms have been affected by the recent rain and flooding and you have questions about how best to address water effected items, please don‚Äôt hesitate to contact the Museum.”
Email them at or call 02 6393 8444 during business hours Monday to Friday.

NSW Cultural Sector Disaster Recovery Facebook group

People and organisations engaged in the cultrual sector can join this Facebook group coordinated by Museums & Galleries NSW: NSW Cultural Sector Disaster Support Network | Facebook

SupportAct for musicians and music industry

Support Act is the music industry’s charity, delivering crisis relief services to musicians, managers, crew and music workers across all genres. Support Act provides financial relief for music workers in crisis, mental health counselling through the Wellbeing Helpline and financial guidance. Get help here

NSW Government Flood Recovery Support

The NSW Government is providing a number of grants and payments for businesses, not for profits, and groups affected by flooding. Click here to view available payments.

Financial Disaster Assistance in NSW

If your business has been affected either directly or indirectly by the recent floods or other disasters (ie the gas outage, landslides, road closures, flash flooding, slow rising waters etc) and this is having an impact on your ability to operate your business and generate an income, you should call a Business Concierge at Service NSW: 13 77 88. They will walk you through any funding or immediate aid that may be on offer and register your business details for any future support available. More information

CASP Funding closes 5 December

Maybe there’s a small¬†arts project that could benefit your community in 2023?¬†The 2023 round of Arts OutWest’s¬†Country Arts Support Program (CASP)¬†closes at 5pm on Monday 5 December 2022.¬†

AICCM Emergency Assistance Grants

The AICCM offers a limited number of $1,000 Emergency Assistance Grants to conservators working in private practice to help triage, salvage, and stabilise small public or community collections affected by natural or man-made disasters. More information

Creative Recovery Network

A specialist service provider and advocate for culture and the arts within the emergency management sector. They partner with government, community service, and private sector providers who work in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Visit their website

Local support for visual artists

Arts OutWest have been contacted by arts businesses in the region keen to support fellow artists. If you have lost equipment and materials please get in touch with us (our contact details are below).


Local fundraising

The word on the ground is that there are plenty of donated goods and not enough storage so finanical help is most useful right now. Here are some of the local/ regional ways to support communities:

  • Givit¬†for general donations of¬†goods and services
Eugowra Flood Appeal

Established by local photographer Kim Storey this is the main donation campaign for supporting people in Eugowra.
“The best way for you to support our beautiful community as we deal with the flood devastation, is to donate through GivIt.”

Rebuild Molong

This Gofundme page has been set up to help Molong get back on its feet.
Funding will be allocated in consultation with Cabonne Council.

Corner Store Gallery floods fundraiser

The Orange-based gallery has a number of fabulous artworks by local artists for sale on their website and 100% of the proceeds will go to the chosen charities (Molong and Eugowra appeals, Givit). Hop online¬†and see what’s available.

Jumbled in Orange have already sold off a Kez Brett painting as a fundraiser. Good work guys!

Cowra Live & Kicking gigs are now fundraisers

Cowra Civic Centre have generously made the final two Live & Kicking gigs flood recovery fundraisers with entry by donation.
The Dave Webb Project with support Whisperhead tomorrow Sunday 20 Nov at 2pm (heavy rock-metal) then CJ Stanger with support Eli Standford Sunday 27 Nov at 2pm.

Glory Box Drive

Manidra-based artist and homewares store owner Whitney Spicer¬†is doing a ‘Glory Box Drive’:
“Beginning to replace what was washed away in the flood‚Ķspecial pieces that make a house a home… that just may bring a little bit of joy.¬†I have had some amazing people and companies pledge product…¬†It‚Äôs not too late to contribute, no matter how big or small.”
Contact her via Instagram

Got other useful links, news or opportunities to share? 

Send details to¬†and we’ll put them on social media.

Being with a community is also important. A number of special arts events are being organised. Keep an eye on our¬†Facebook page¬†and What’s On.

Free performance of Parkes M&D’s ‘The See Saw Tree’

TODAY: Saturday 19 Nov at 7.30pm
TOMORROW: Sunday 20 November at 2pm

The Little Theatre, Bogan St Parkes.
Free performances of the Parkes Musical and Dramatic Society one-act play.

Contact us:

Phone: 02 6338 4657 
(If we’re not by the phone please leave a voice mail message)