Two years of bush learn­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE RM Wil­liams Aus­tralian Bush Learn­ing Cen­tre cel­e­brated its sec­ond birthday re­cently by re­view­ing its achieve­ments and look­ing to the fu­ture.

The cen­tre also fo­cused on ex­pand­ing the in­dige­nous project Oral Sto­ries of Abo­rig­i­nal Stock­men, which it runs with fund­ing from the Re­gional Arts De­vel­op­ment Fund. The project con­tin­ues in­ter­view ses­sions with stock­men, which are recorded and which have been par­tially edited and com­piled. It is due to be fin­ished by De­cem­ber.

Mayor Don Waugh said new sig­nage for the cen­tre had been ap­proved. The Friends of RM Wil­liams not­for-profit group, which sup­ports the cen­tre’s ac­tiv­i­ties, has be­come in­cor­po­rated and is driv­ing fundrais­ing and event man­age­ment, in part­ner­ship with cen­tre staff.

Cr Waugh said he was ex­cited about the po­ten­tial of the cen­tre, which he said was be­com­ing clearer as pub­lic ac­cess en­tered its sec­ond year.

“The land­scape of the tourism, re­tail and train­ing sec­tors is rapidly evolv­ing as a re­sult of global mar­ket and eco­nomic stim­u­lus, as well as the state and lo­cal gov­ern­ment en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

“The sit­u­a­tion that ex­ists is sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent to the out­look when the ven­ture was pro­posed in the orig­i­nal strate­gic plan.

“The cur­rent con­di­tions war­rant a re­visit of the en­ter­prise strat­egy for the cen­tre in the com­ing years, to cap­i­talise on and op­ti­mise the emerg­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, which come with change.

“The RM Wil­liams Aus­tralia Bush Learn­ing Cen­tre looks into the fu­ture with op­ti­mism and ex­cite­ment and in­vites all North Bur­nett res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to em­brace the bush spirit and the cen­tre’s fu­ture ven­tures.”

Photo: Con­trib­uted

TWO YEARS ON: In­dige­nous dancers and chil­dren per­formed at the open­ing of TheRMWil­liamsAus­tralian Bush Learn­ing Cen­tre in Eidsvold in 2010.

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