Cen­tre due to open

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

WITH just six days un­til the new Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre opens a fre­netic pace has been set as staff tweak fi­nal ar­range­ments and stock the shelves for next Wed­nes­day’s much awaited opening.

Gallery man­ager, Caitlin Donigi, and her staff of eight were yes­ter­day busy putting the fi­nal touches to the gallery that will fos­ter and sell art pro­duced by the Kuku Yalanji peo­ple.

“All of the art will be from this re­gion and so rep­re­sent and de­pict the rain­for­est that we live and work in and so there will be no desert, or dot paint­ings avail­able from this gallery,” Ms Donigi said.

Just some of the com­mu­nity artists that will be pro­duc­ing paint­ings, etch­ings, screen prints and other art­works are Karen Gib­son, Sh­eryl Birchell, Cameron Buchanan and Kay Creek.

“We will at all times en­deav­our to de­velop and fos­ter and only sell art pieces cre­ated by the Kuku Yalanji peo­ple and in­dige­nous peo­ple of Far North Queens­land,” Ms Donigi said.

“And it is only through eth­i­cal com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity that we will as­sist in­dige­nous peo­ple to achieve sus­tain­able eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and cul­tural ben­e­fits.

“All of our prof­its from our busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties will go to­wards sup­port­ing in­dige­nous train­ing and em­ploy­ment across Aus­tralia.”

Other prod­ucts that will be sold through the gallery in­clude the Dain­tree Es­tates cho­co­late, Dain­tree Tea while other foods avail­able will in­clude bush tucker in­gre­di­ents such as chut­neys made from wild toma­toes, and bush honey.

Ms Donigi said th­ese were­just of the prod­ucts so far that have met the strict cri­te­ria to be sold from the cen­tre.

The new $20 mil­lion Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre will open next Wed­nes­day from 8am and is ex­pected to cater to 350,000 vis­i­tors an­nu­ally.

Opening soon: Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre gallery man­ager Caitlin Donigi.

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