Smoke cer­e­mony as nurs­ing home nears

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

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

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