Staff profiles

Audrey Hutchison

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Voc Graduate Diploma of Management (Learning), Diploma of Training & Assessment, Cert IV in Local Government

Since 2001, Audrey has managed, developed and provided accredited and unaccredited training to council workers, creatives, community organisations and community volunteers, initially with the Queensland Community Arts Network before establishing Creating Links in December 2007. Audrey is particularly passionate about building the capacity of creatives and arts workers to increase their opportunities for potential work, integrating their arts practice within a community development framework to work effectively in and with communities.

Prior to 2001, Audrey worked as: an artist in Tasmania and Scotland, producing gallery and commissioned work; as an arts worker in community, managing and facilitating arts projects in collaboration with a broad range of community groups; and the writer, director and editor of many art and commissioned educational videos.

Trainers

Deevah Melendez-Morales

Community Development
Bachelor of Social Science, Anthropology Major, Masters International & Community Development, Cert IV in Training and Assessment

Originally from New York, Deevah made Australia her home nearly twenty years ago.  After enjoying a successful career in New York as a fashion designer, she travelled extensively;  volunteering  as a teacher in Kenya and later in her career , in East Timor working with traditional women weavers  for a woman’s NGO.  Deevah  worked for the Cairns Regional Council as their Multicultural Arts and Multicultural Planning and Development Officer for  ten years.   She has also worked with Indigenous communities and has worked on a range of projects as an independent consultant and trainer for the past few years.

Throughout her career, Deevah  has managed  a number of projects, coordinated many community and cultural development events, projects,  festivals, workshops , community consultations and  produced both the Cairns and Tablelands regional Council’s  Cultural Diversity Policies.  Deevah has a passion for working within a community development framework to facilitate opportunities that enable people from all backgrounds to connect, be creative, productive and empowered.

Melissa Robertson

Project Management and Grants Writing

Melissa has a demonstrated knowledge of arts and culture in contemporary Australian community setting.  She has just completed four years working on an Action Research project called FESTLINX, developing online resources and networks, training and facilitating Festival Forums.

Over the past decade Melissa has gained extensive knowledge of government, education, business and community policies, procedures and networks including legislative frameworks and compliance.  Melissa understands how to apply governance and transparency, particularly in the area of event management and community engagement. Partnerships where stakeholders and community are valued and individuals are nurtured has been Melissa’s forte.

As a Festivals Practitioner, Melissa has worked in a national context and regularly attends Woodford Folk Festival, WOMADelade, Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals, the Australia Performing Arts Market, Port Fairy Folk Festival and thousands of community based events.

Since 2008 Melissa has worked with the Cairns Buskers Festival as their Social Media Coordinator, Public Relations and Grant Writer.  In 2011, Melissa managed the regional event Laura Dance Festival, as the Site Manager and supervised 4,000 people on site and all logistics associated.  As a Consultant Melissa continuously trains, mentors and supports event managers and their committees throughout regional Queensland.