Indigenous employment gets new spiritual home
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
2008 the Indigenous
people had worked over
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
bed residential hostel
from the the current