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