Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation receives $350,000 grant for education and tourism

(L to R) Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh, Alanah Jack, Clark Webb, Secondary Education Manager Fiona Lugnan and BMNAC Chief Operations Officer Nathan Brennan.

THE Gumbaynggirr Giingana Freedom School has received $250,000 through the NSW Government’s Community and Place Grants program to provide infrastructure, including water play equipment, bubblers and water stations, an electronic school bell, library shelving and a sports equipment shed.

The project also includes the purchase of a 22-seat bus.

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Alanah Jack, the school’s Principal, said that hands-on learning is incredibly important for Gumbaynggirr people and has been for a long time.

She said the grant will be important to improve learning spaces and the bus will be invaluable for getting students out on country.

Ms Jack said that, as the school will be K-12 in the future, the funding will help expansion and improve safety.

The Chairperson of the school’s parent organisation, Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation (BMNAC), Clark Webb, said BMNAC’s aim is to provide education and jobs for Aboriginal children.

Mr Webb said the Gumbaynggirr Giingana Freedom School projected 30 enrolments for this year but received 52.

BMNAC also received $93,513 for a cultural tourism program to drive sustainable economic development.

The project aims to develop a wide-ranging Aboriginal experience, by constructing the 20-cabin Yilaami Eco-Resort to connect the environment and Aboriginal culture.

The project includes the purchase of two vehicles and the purchase of IT equipment.

“This program is providing funding across the State to solutions-focused projects that immediately engage and benefit Aboriginal communities,” Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said.

“I’m extremely proud that funding has been allocated locally to Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation for two projects, delivering real benefits across our region.

Mr Webb said the funding model allowed the organisation the autonomy to purchase the things they need.

A development application has been approved for the resort in Sealy Lookout Drive.

Mr Webb said the 20 eco cabins will be as sustainable as possible and the resort will link guests with cultural tourism experiences on the Coffs Coast.

For more information on the Community and Place grant program, visit the Aboriginal Affairs NSW website.

By Andrew VIVIAN

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