Op­por­tu­nity for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

THE or­gan­i­sa­tion that rep­re­sents the Moss­man Gorge community has wel­comed the em­ploy­ment and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions which have been re­alised with the com­ple­tion of the vis­i­tors’ cen­tre.

The aim of the Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre was to pro­vide tourists with a gen­uine and authen­tic in­ter­ac­tion with the lo­cal Kuku Yalanji peo­ple.

Karen Shuan, the vice-chair­woman of Ba­manga Bubu Ngadimunku - the in­cor­po­rated as­so­ci­a­tion that man­ages the land, busi­ness, re­sources and em­ploy­ment and ed­u­ca­tion needs of the Moss­man Gorge Abo­rig­i­nal Community - said the community couldn’t be more thrilled with the project.

“This is such a big op­por­tu­nity, for us as a community to work and train in the cen­tre to de­velop our skills and for vis­i­tors to see the Kuku Yalanji peo­ple work­ing to­gether in the cen­tre,” she said.

“have been get­ting such great feed­back from all the tourists - they are sur­prised and happy to be able to in­ter­act with us.

“It’s great for us all to have this, it be­longs with us and we are stand­ing our own two feet.”

BBN com­mit­tee mem­ber Ter­ence Gib­son said the cen­tre “gives us all op­por­tu­ni­ties that we never had be­fore”.

“can work close to home and ex­pand our skills in the tourism in­dus­try,” he said.

“It also al­lows us to help ed­u­cate the world on our amaz­ing cul­ture and his­tory and how to pre­serve the rain­for­est and wa­ter.

“This was once just a dream, and it has fifi­nally be­come a re­al­ity.

“We as a community now have some con­trol and also a mea­sure of pri­vacy, which is mak­ing ev­ery­one in­cred­i­bly happy.”

Thanks: Lead­ing the way: per­former Ron­ald Bam­boo (front) and the tra­di­tional dancers



on Bright fu­ture: BBN’s Karen Shuan and Ter­rence Gib­son

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