Lake Bolac Eel Festival


Handbury Fellowship Program

The Lake Bolac Eel Festival Committee is delighted to announce that we have been successful in our application to the Helen and Geoff Handbury Fellowship Program and have received a grant of $10,000


Part of this generous funding will be used to undertake a review of the Festival and to develop a strategic framework to ensure the Festival remains a sustainable and productive part of the Lake Bolac community in the long term.  The balance will be used to support the 2016 Festival which will be the first to be organised under the revised strategy.


Earlier this year the Festival Committee met with Dr Yaso Nadarajah, coordinator of the RMIT Handbury Fellowship Program (Melbourne) at the advice of the Fellowship Patron, and began an informal discussion about the desire of the Committee to undertake a review process.    Yaso facilitated the first strategic planning meeting on Friday December 4th at Lake Bolac.  The Committee is pleased to be working with Yaso and others, both from within and outside the region, to further develop the Eel Festival into a sustainable event for the long term.  The mainly volunteer committee is proud to have been instrumental in delivering this unique Festival of Place for the benefit of the whole region over the last ten years.  A year’s break, new faces on the committee, and the wonderful opportunity provided by the Handbury Fellowship Program will ensure the Eel Festival builds on the solid base we have created.  Developing and implementing a solid strategic plan will enable us to take up new challenges, grasp new opportunities, and ensure the Lake Bolac Eel Festival grows to become a the significant event for the arts, music, environment and indigenous communities in Western Victoria.


Festival secretary Una Allender said “the Festival Committee is grateful for the support of the Handbury Fellowship Program, and we are looking forward to working together to ensure this unique Festival of Place remains a sustainable and cherished event for the long term”

Photo:  Clockwise from left: Elyjah McLeod, Lake Bolac Eel Festival committee; Dr Yaso Nadarajah, RMIT; Bree Alexander, RMIT; Una Allender, secretary, Lake Bolac Eel Festival; involved in a group  discussion at the strategic planning workshop.

23-25 March 2018