indigenous eco-cultural tourism venture wins best small project
By Christine Howes
Brisbane, October 2: Mandingalbay Yidinji Aboriginal Corporations
(MYACs) East Trinity was recognised by the Planning Institute
of Australia as the nations best small project idea
at their 2020 Awards for Planning Excellence during a virtual awards
ceremony last week.
MYAC Indigenous Protected Area, Tourism and Infrastructure Manager Dewayne
Mundraby said it was inspirational to see the Mandingalbay Yidinji Eco
Cultural Tourism Infrastructure Project win the national award, particularly
in this year of Indigenous Tourism 2020.
He said the judges noted it was: a standout project that exemplifies
true innovation, originality, transferability and engagement.
It provides an exemplary example of delivering cultural and ecotourism
facilities that marries indigenous cultural knowledge and visioning
with contemporary engineering, science, planning and traditional owner
land management, they said.
Mr Mundraby said they were very excited.
The Mandingalbay Yidinji (MY) People are very excited and humbled
to receive this prestigious national award, which complements our Queensland
State Award for the same category in 2019, he said.
This achievement will heighten our exposure and viability in seeking
further investment to complete the next five stages in accordance with
the approved Development Application.
He said Stage 1 was scheduled to get underway at the end of October
this year, securing employment for five MY Indigenous positions.
Going forward, there are several milestones to achieve, including,
primarily, the rejuvenation of Indigenous tourism in the Far North post-Covid-19,
He said the MYAC and Djubunji Ltd. Board of Directors wished to thank:
- our staff who have been instrumental in implementing the Mandingalbay
Yidinji Peoples vision through this project development;
- our Project Partners for their professionalism and innovation with
special mention to Ethos Urban, Philip Follent Architects, CC Change
Sustainable Solutions, BMT Global, Bligh Tanner, Bennett and Bennett;
- our funding partners the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, National
Indigenous Australians Agency and the Queensland Government for financially
supporting our vision and aspirations for our people, country and culture
through a funding application-based process,
- our local State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt and retiring Minister
Kate Jones (who will be sorely missed), and
- our award sponsor, The Comms Team, and the Planning Institute of Australia
for this Award and recognition.
Most importantly we acknowledge and thank the Mandingalbay Yidinji
People for their perseverance and grit through challenging and uncertain
times, he said.
The work we have done together has created a strong foundation
and collaborative framework for socio-economic development that will
translate into jobs and infrastructure.
Our aims are to create economic independence and prosperity for
our people and the wider community of Yarrabah whilst keeping the environmental
and cultural values of our country intact.
Southeast Asian Times October 2, 2020