Thursday, February 22, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

The Bowen Collective, Creating A Local Lasting Legacy

Are you a Bowen local, with a passion for the region, an interest in writing and storytelling, and desire to give back to the local youth?

If so, the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre has the program for you!

The idea for the Program stemmed from a team chat where it was noticed that Bowen’s youngest didn’t know much about local traditions and history.

“Our children don’t know a lot of the traditions that Bowen has, things that the older in our community just inherently know,” explained Stephanie Cora, Bowen Neighbourhood Centre’s Executive Officer.

“The Bowen Collective is about story, of sharing stories that are central to Bowen.”

From this conversation, the team decided to introduce The Bowen Collective as a short 10-week program, where locals get together to create, illustrate, and write children’s books, covering Bowen’s history, traditions, and folklore.

“It’s for locals by locals,” Stephanie said.

“Our goal is for these books to go into our local schools for students to read, for teachers to use, and for our children to grow more knowledgeable about the beautiful town they live in.”

Organised and hosted by Bowen Neighbourhood Centre, the Bowen Collective is looking for volunteers and participants to take part in the program.

Contact the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre for further information on 07 4786 2111, or

Expressions of interest close Friday March 1

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