Smoke ceremony as nursing home nears
WORKERS on the soon to begin Mossman Aged Care facility will be kept safe by indigenous tradition after a traditional smoking ceremony was held at the site.
Grandson of Wilma Walker, Caleb Hall performing the smoking ceremony to ensure that workers would be kept safe.
“We’ve done a smoking ceremony to make the land safe and let the ancestors know that there will be development here,” said Mr Hall.
President of the Mossman District Nursing Home Inc. Marjorie Norris said it was a long time coming for the project to get so far.
“We’re just really for the council and the community that have supported us all this time.
“I thought it might not have happened for a long time.”
Mayor Julia Leu said it was a special occasion, and that the project was now far enough to not be just a “pipe dream.”
“It’s been a long road,” she said, saying that there had been numerous occasions over the years where it had been at risk of not getting off the ground.
The smoking ceremony was attended by members of the Mossman District Nursing Home Inc and Mayor Julia Leu