In­dige­nous em­ploy­ment gets new spir­i­tual home

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

THE Moss­man Gorge Abo­rig­i­nal community’s em­ploy­ment for their peo­ple through tourism in the World Her­itage-listed Dain­tree is tak­ing shape.

In Land Cor­po­ra­tion bought an eight-hectare su­gar cane farm, where many of the lo­cal in­dige­nous the years, to build the Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre.

The and man­aged the con­struc­tion of the $20 mil­lion project which be­gan in 2010, with a con­tract con­di­tion and sub­con­trac­tors em­ployed in­dige­nous work­ers dur­ing the con­struc­tion.

ILC Eric Roberts many of those em­ployed the plant­ing of 2000 trees in the road re­serve the site and all of the 20,000 plants used for land­scap­ing the cen­tre have come Moss­man Gorge Abo­rig­i­nal community nurs­ery.

“The Gov­ern­ment through the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, Em­ploy­ment Re­la­tions sup­ported a unique job guar­an­tee pro­gram of­fered by the ILC, de­signed to en­sure that there were at least 40 lo­cal In­dige­nous peo­ple ready to start work when the cen­tre opened,” Roberts said.

Next to the MGC, a train­ing cen­tre has for up to 50 In­dige­nous trainees a year, in­clud­ing a 20- ac­com­mo­da­tion cen­tre.

“In peak sea­son, of the 61 peo­ple at the cen­tre, 90 per cent are in­dige­nous, in­clud­ing seven who are undertaking a cer­ti­fifi­cate two in hos­pi­tal­ity trainee­ship,” Mr Roberts said.


Team ef­fort: Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre sales man­ager Phil New­land and gen­eral man­ager Greg Er­win


long-held vi­sion to cre­ate

Na­tional Park

2008 the In­dige­nous

peo­ple had worked over

ILC funded

be­ing the


said for con­struc­tion have been of­fered ap­pren­tice­ships or per­ma­nent em­ploy­ment with the builders or sub­con­trac­tors as a di­rect re­sult of the project.

An­other eight peo­ple from the Moss­man Gorge community were in­volved with

spokesman New spir­i­tual home: per­former Robert Lafragua out­side the Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre


ad­ja­cent to


and Work­place

been con­structed

bed res­i­den­tial hos­tel

from the the cur­rent

cur­rently work­ing


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