Indige­nous in­volved in Trail project

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

A smok­ing cer­e­mony by Kuku Yalanji tra­di­tional owner Caleb Hall has of­fi­cially opened Stage 2 of the works planned for the Flagstaff Hill walk­ing trail.

Eco Civil Solutions will part­ner with lo­cal indige­nous com­pany Bul­ban En­ter­prises to carry out the work and train­ing will be pro­vided for 15 staff, who will strengthen their skills for fu­ture em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Bul­ban En­ter­prises di­rec­tor Rickie Burchill ex­pressed the im­por­tance of the smok­ing cer­e­mony.

“Tra­di­tional own­ers do a smok­ing cer­e­mony to bless the area and the peo­ple around to make sure the job is get­ting done safely,” he said.

“It’s an ex­cel­lent ini­tia­tive.”

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