Voices heard in Mossman Gorge – Nikisha Missionary

It will be a great experience working with community and everyone here. I grew up in Mossman Gorge and I’m hoping to move back here, but we are living in Port Douglas. There’s just not enough housing in community at the moment.

We’ve got a great health system so that’s good. The key issues that need to be addressed are employment, housing and for me, culture. I’d like to know more about culture and to see our young ones educated about it. I didn’t get that opportunity like my brothers and sisters did (to learn about culture). They were all at home. I went away for high school.

We need more employment for community members. We don’t always get job opportunities. If people know they’ve got a job, then they’ve got to get up and go. That responsibility steps in. It teaches you those main, basic things.

I would like to see more leadership workshops and programs. I want to be a good leader for my community and a role model. If one person does it, then maybe others will look and follow.

This (renewed Mossman Gorge development plan) is a really good idea, targeting the community for their input and their voice to be heard. What people mostly mentioned was housing issues and employment. We would like our mob to be motivated to come to these important meetings and gatherings.

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