No need to run away to the circus
By UTE SCHULENBERG
WHEREVER you walk around Bellingen High School at the moment, there is the sound of hundreds of people creating.
Thirteen-year-old Maddy Romcke from Glendon (Qld) was practising a monologue outside under a tree and loving the opportunity to take new risks with her acting.
For Brigitte Stievermann (Lismore), basket weaving was something fun that she had never tried before.
"And no matter what you do, you end up with something unique and beautiful," she said.
This year, however, Camp Creative is providing more than just a learning experience.
It is also helping the council quantify the Camp's impact on the community, thanks to a partnership with Southern Cross University Social Science student Lynda Lloyd.
"This is the field research aspect of my degree," Ms Lloyd said.
"Community development is one of my majors and this is a rather left-of-field opportunity to collect solid data."
Bellingen Shire Council's director of corporate services, Peter Wilson, said the survey would provide information about the economic benefit of the event to the shire.
"It also gives us information about who comes here and what they want," Mr Wilson said.
"This helps us shape where we direct funding."
Camp Creative organisers were pleased with the progress of the week.
"Our lunchtime concerts have been overflowing," co-ordinator Robbie Spence said.
"And Wednesday night's cele-brity concert was a huge success."
Don't forget tonight's free community concert in Bellingen's Council Park. Celebrities such as David Helfgott, soprano Julie Goodwin and musician Jack Carty will share the stage with tutors and students for a colourful evening of entertainment starting at 6pm.