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Mossman Gorge Centre and Roy Gibson

This began over 20 years ago when Roy was employed by Mr Barry Murday working in the local cane fields. After many a yarn while sitting under the Milky Pine tree, between Roy and the local Bama Rangers they looked at ways to create jobs and education for their people. The Murday family agreed to sell the current parcel of land where the Mossman Gorge Centre is now if Roy could work with his guys (ILC) to raise the money. This finally happened.

After this Roy then had another Dream which saw rocks falling from the hill side and blocking access into the Mossman Gorge. In this dream Roy spoke with many people wanting to go in and see the gorge. Roy advised them, "I will guide you in and show you our wonderful playground."

From this dream became the idea of the Eco Shuttle buses which would operate from the Centre into the gorge to allow everyone to be able to enjoy this playground and also control the traffic flow past the community.

This dream has come together with the opening of the Mossman Gorge Centre in June 2012 creating jobs for approximately 60 Indigenous employees and education opportunities through the Training Centre and Indigenous Youth Mobility Program.

The Eco Shuttle Buses provides access into the Gorge and Ngadiku Dreamtime Walks where visitors can gain knowledge of how the Kuku Yalanji people used to work and enjoy this beautiful land. The Centre also includes Mayi Cafe and a Retail Art Gallery, which supports Yalanji artists. In peak times, over one thousand visitors can come through the centre each day, which supports the jobs created and protects the world's oldest Rainforest from pollution and traffic.

Roy and the Murday family were recently awarded the Tropical North Queensland Tourism Chairman's commendation for their Excellence in Contribution to Tourism.

The Mossman Gorge Centre continues to receive excellent feedback from their visitors. With over 85% of their employees being Indigenous - it is a proud place for the Yalanji people and hopes to inspire further similar ventures so more opportunities and dreams for Indigenous people can be realised.

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