The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Luxury - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

I AM­lucky to have caught Jas­mine Stand­hams (right) and Dane­ica Ste­wart on their week­end off — th­ese im­pres­sive young women are oth­er­wise busily em­ployed in vi­tal roles at Ay­ers Rock Re­sort in cen­tral Aus­tralia. Stand­hams, from the small town of Bowrav­ille in the NSWmid-north coast hin­ter­land, is the su­per­vi­sor of the busy T-Shirt Shop in the in­te­grated re­sort’s vil­lage square. Ste­wart, from Eden on the NSW­south coast, is an as­sis­tant ac­coun­tant. The young women are among 34 re­cent grad­u­ates from a one-year prac­ti­cal and aca­demic pro­gram at the re­sort’s National In­dige­nous Train­ing Acad­emy; 25 of th­ese grad­u­ates have stayed to take full-time em­ploy­ment here. Since as­sum­ing man­age­ment of this large re­sort, which has mul­ti­ple ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions, in May 2011, Voy­ages In­dige­nous Tourism Aus­tralia has raised the num­ber of Abo­rig­i­nal em­ploy­ees from two to more than 160; the goal is 50 per cent of all staff by 2018. More: voy­ages.com.au.

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