Tjapukai Aboriginal Park to receive 12 million dollar upgrade!
TWO members of the traditional land owners of the land on which the $12 million upgrade of the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is taking place have joined the construction crew.
Park chief executive officer Geoff Olson said Bryant Cairns had won the contract for the early works stage of the year-long project and had offered employment to the traditional owners, the Djabugay people, with the construction team.
"Bryant engages with traditional owners and takes pride in promoting employment opportunities and skills development in the communities it works in," he said.
Bryant indigenous partnership manager Jason Smith visited the traditional owners at Kuranda to discuss employment opportunities and received overwhelming interest from the community.
"We have two Djabugay men starting this week and we are going to create opportunities for local indigenous businesses and individuals to join our team as we roll out construction over the next eight weeks," he said.
"This gives these men the opportunity to gain valuable experience on a working site and see if they are interested in construction work, with the aim of assisting them to choose a pathway in the industry.
"Bryant started a similar program in Yarrabah late last year where we now have five apprentices/trainees and we have worked throughout the indigenous communities in Cape York Peninsula, including building the recently opened Lockhart River police station and courthouse."
The first two workers Carl Brim and Ruben Nolan said they were pleased to be on the job.
Mr Olson said careful planning had gone into staging the redevel-opment so that Tjapukai could remain open and continue to offer cultural experiences from different areas of the park's extensive grounds at Caravonica.
"This first stage will involve revitalising Tjapukai's Cultural Village where guests are given hands-on experiences with the likes of bush tucker, didgeridoos and basket weaving," he said.
"The Dance Theatre is being completely rebuilt and will reopen in May with a new show just one of the new products designed to transform Tjapukai into Australia's leading venue to experience Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
"The second stage will involve the main building to incorporate theatres and new displays.
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