The dream is finally reality
IT’S been a dream for a long time coming but finally a group of excited indigenous people began their 12-month employment training program at the new Mossman Gorge centre yesterday.
While it may be a daunting experience for some who are starting meaningful employment for the first time as they only have two weeks intensive training until the centre opens on June 20, there were no signs of nerves yesterday.
One very keen Mossman woman, Christine Solomon, 54, who has lived at the Gorge all her life, said she “can’t wait” for the complex to open.
“Today is a very special day for me because I have been chosen to undertake this training which will ongoing for 12 months and then hopefully I will get a job in retail in the mainstream business world and one day become a retail manager,” Ms Solomon said.
“I think the complex is fantastic and all of our trainers are lovely people and very helpful and the greatest thing for me is that this will give me the chance to get qualifications I can take outside and use in the mainstream world.”
Operations manager Rachael Hodges said this was a big day for the indigenous community and has been a 20-year long dream in becoming a reality “and now it is finally here”.
“I’m full of pride for everyone involved, I’m nervous for all the trainees because they have so much to learn but also thrilled that this will allow many people to get the confidence they need to change their lives - I can already see it now,” Ms Hodges said.
“I can see it by just the way people are getting around here and talking with each other and helping each other but most importantly realising for themselves that at the end of their training they will be able to go out into the world and do whatever they want . . . it’s fabulous.”
The trainees will be doing and learning “everything except driving the buses” at the centre, which involves learning all about tourism, hospitality, organising tours and working in the art gallery and there will also be opportunities for those who want to join and work at the sister complex at Uluru in the Northern Territory.
Team effort: the trainees at the new Mossman Gorge centre