Opportunity for future generations
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