Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Indigenous Jobs Project Begins; Alliance Caters for Great Keppel Island

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Indigenous Jobs Project Begins; Alliance Caters for Great Keppel Island

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Byline: Christine McKee Christine.McKee@capnews.com.au

THE VISION

Indigenous employment, training and business development on Great Keppel Island and the Capricorn Coast.

To be driven by the Woppaburra but then extend to a much broader range of people.

A COLLABORATIVE project to facilitate indigenous employment and business development opportunities on Great Keppel Island began to take shape in Rockhampton last Friday.

Woppaburra elder Bob Muir said Capricorn Indigenous Business Alliance was an initiative they should have been looking at a long time ago.

aIt hasn't happened and the wheels are moving on,a he said.

aThis is a good way we can get other people involved and progress things forward.a

The Woppaburra people are no longer concentrated around the Rockhampton region, and with about 2000 people now living in Brisbane, Sydney, Cairns and Hervey Bay, Mr Muir said he wanted to see other people from down south involved.

Capricorn Coast Business Alliance president Gary Kerr and Barry Boland, director of Back on Track, an Aboriginal employment service, met with Mr Muir last Friday to discuss ways the Woppaburra in particular and the broader indigenous community could make it happen. …

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