Evil spir­its smoked out

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

EVIL spir­its were ban­ished at the new Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre on Thurs­day.

About 60 peo­ple looked on as the “smok­ers” lit their torches from a cer­e­mo­nial fire and then walked around and through the build­ing in the cleans­ing cer­e­mony to rid the place of any evil spir­its and to en­sure it will be a “happy place” for all those who visit and work there.

Ba­manga Bubu Ngadimunku pres­i­dent and a leader of the Kuku Yalanji peo­ple Roy Gib­son wel­comed ev­ery­one to the new com­plex and ex­plained how the smok­ing cer­e­mony worked.

“Our peo­ple will per­form the smok­ing cer­e­mony to make this a happy place and then you will all be in­vited to fol­low Harold Tay­ley over to our an­ces­tors’ burial ground,” Mr Gib­son said.

“Harold will then speak in our an­ces­tors tra­di­tional lan­guage and in­form them of what is tak­ing place here to­day and to also let them know that they can keep rest­ing be­cause we will have got­ten rid of any bad spir­its and they will re­main safe and can be happy.”

Gen­eral man­ager Greg Er­win, said he was ex­tremely pleased with the com­pleted build­ing.

“Once the cen­tre is up and run­ning we en­vis­age 350,000 vis­i­tors an­nu­ally us­ing the cen­tre and the shut­tle buses to go and visit the Moss­man Gorge,” he said.

Eco-shut­tle buses will ferry peo­ple to the Moss­man Gorge from 8am un­til 6pm and will be free for lo­cals.

The cen­tre will em­ploy 50 peo­ple, of which 85 per cent will be indige­nous, and there will be of­fices for DERM and the Parks and Wildlife Ser­vices. Also on-site is a 20-bed hos­tel for re­mote Abo­rig­i­nal stu­dents un­der­go­ing train­ing in var­i­ous jobs and in­dus­tries and a 40-seat train­ing room.

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