Gudjuda showing their capability for the Commonwealth Games
With the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games set to commence in April 2018, the State Government has been on the lookout for cultural tourism programs as part of its regional events initiative.
The progressive Gudjuda Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation was approached to express interest in delivering cultural events to the influx of tourists when the Games are held.
Gudjuda meaning “Saltwater People”, represents the interests of the Bindal, Juru, Gia, Birriah, Jangga and Ngaro Traditional Owner groups. They support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through a range of employment and training programs, including caravan operations, a café, cultural centre and market garden.
The Gudjuda Land and Sea Rangers are integral in maintaining their picturesque Country spanning the Whitsunday Islands up to Townsville, working in the national parks, beaches and forests to conserve natural flora and fauna.
Some of the exciting cultural tourism activities Gudjuda is proposing for the Commonwealth Games are turtle tagging expeditions, cultural gallery tours, a smoking ceremony, rock art tours and a bush tucker program. Gudjuda will also hold a traditional Indigenous Cultural Market with live performances of dance, music, storytelling and boomerang and woomera throwing.
Experienced ICV volunteer Paul has been working with Gudjuda, formally documenting the cultural events it can provide in a capability statement which will be submitted to the State Government for approval.
When he visited Gudjuda, Paul was able to experience many of the cultural activities for himself and indulge his passion for photography (taking the beautiful images accompanying this story, below).