Centre due to open
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.