Project Description

Project Brief

Creative Regions worked with Council for a number of years devising a new event/festival that would bring the arts community together to celebrate the range of talents in the community.


Creative Regions, in consultation with South Burnett Regional Council’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee, developed the idea of making a musical tractor as the centerpiece for a community celebration which would unite the arts community of the South Burnett region. Creative Regions was contracted to produce the event and to commission the construction of a tractor as a huge musical instrument and a series of new songs which would centre around the theme of tractors and be performed by local choirs and instrumentalists.

The final event was a 4 hour variety spectacular on 15 September 2012 in the forecourt of the Kingaroy Town Hall. This event became central to a month-long festival that was developed by Council which included exhibitions, workshops and events throughout the region for the whole of September. 1,000 people attended the Tractor Tattoo event – more than the attendance at the local rugby league grand finals which happened on the same day! South Burnett Regional Council won.

  • Creative Regions sourced close to $100,000 for South Burnett Regional Council
  • The Kingaroy Town Hall precinct was activated and the new landscaping and library developments were promoted
  • The arts community united around the event
  • The local business community supported the event through local promotion and a competition
  • Stanwell supported the event
  • Council’s RADF was focused on delivering projects to support the event
  • 1000 audience members attended
  • 250 visitors to the region
  • 120 participants across 41 organisations were involved
  • 19 workshops and activities were held
  • 10 exhibitions were held
  • 10 professional artists engaged
  • Coverage on ABC Radio National with documentary by Li Fern Ong
  • Coverage on The Great Southeast (Channel 7)

It’s just wonderful. I’ve never seen anything like it. I think I’ll always remember the community spirit. It’s wonderful to see so many happy faces and the community getting together and making a good event.

–  Audience member, Tractor Tattoo in Kingaroy (Radio National Documentary November 2012 produced by Li Fern Ong)

  • Arts Queensland
  • Regional Arts Fund / Artslink Queensland
  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • Regional Arts Development Fund / South Burnett Regional Council