MEGT at Launch of Mossman Gorge Centre
Mossman Gorge Centre opening celebrates Indigenous jobs and sustainable tourism. Not just training – skills for real jobs. The official opening of the new $20 million Mossman Gorge Centre eco-tourism business north of Cairns has turned a 20-year dream into reality for the local Indigenous community. Roy Gibson, an elder of the Kuku Yalanji people in Mossman dreamed of this Centre as a means of protecting his people’s heritage as well as providing them with sustainable jobs.
Roy Gibson, an elder of the Kuku Yalanji people in Mossman dreamed of this Centre as a means of protecting his people’s heritage as well as providing them with sustainable jobs.
“This is one of the most exciting projects MEGT has worked in,” explains Sue Kent, General Manager of MEGT Institute. “As a not for profit organisation, MEGT has a long history of working with communities to help them achieve their dreams.
“Roy has formed partnerships with like-minded organisations and government bodies to make it possible.”
Uncle Roy (to his people) has ensured that everyone in his community had input into the project so that besides being a highly attractive tourist destination, the complex’ unique design protects the sensitive environment of the world heritage listed Mossman Gorge region. The jobs and skills centre are integral to the project’s development and have resulted in ongoing employment for many Indigenous community members from the Tiwi Islands to Cairns.
Contracted by the Indigenous Land Council, MEGT Institute delivers vocational training in the training centre that forms part of the complex. The centre also includes accommodation for students from other regions.
The Mossman Gorge Centre is a well thought-out, well executed business which stands as a testament to the passion and vision of the Mossman community.
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