Wangetti opens its doors to public

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

DJAR­RA­GUN Col­lege’s Wangetti cam­pus opened its doors to the public last Thurs­day to cel­e­brate their new pool and new be­gin­nings.

The school closed last year af­ter an al­leged gov­ern­ment fraud of $3 mil­lion and re­opened this year af­ter Cape York Part­ner­ships took over and pro­vided fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity for the cam­pus.

Three months on and with $160,000 from the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties Sports and Re­cre­ation, the cam­pus has suc­cess­fully been re­launched with a 22-me­tre pool for the chil­dren and com­mu­nity.

Fa­ther Paul Beasley blessed the pool, be­fore three stu­dents had a swim-off for fun and head of cam­pus Mark Shrimp­ton ex­plained the pool is open to the com­mu­nity.

“Nip­pers from the El­lis Beach com­mu­nity in the stinger sea­son will be able to use the pool for train­ing,” he said.

“And in turn they will train up some stu­dents to be life­guards, it’s a good con­nec­tion with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Mr Shrimp­ton said the open­ing of the pool on Thurs­day was also a cel­e­bra­tion of the new term as “new Wangetti”.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity to for­merly open the new Wangetti, which has been on re­duced op­er­a­tions for the last six months,” he said.

“It’s a big thing, be­ing taken over by CYP and now it’s an indige­nous school with indige­nous own­er­ship, and the stu­dents are aim­ing for their QCE Year 12 equiv­a­lency and trade qual­i­fi­ca­tions as well as tran­si­tion­ing into the work­force.

“We of­fer three trades, au­to­mo­tive en­gi­neer­ing, con­struc­tion and hos­pi­tal­ity.

“And chil­dren are given the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate their unique cul­ture through mu­sic, art and tra­di­tional indige­nous dance.”

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