A newly opened shed for the Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council will connect and support Port Macquarie’s Aboriginal community.
Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker, who attended today’s opening, said the new shed will provide a safe and suitable place for Aboriginal locals to meet.
“The facility will become a permanent home for the Dhoongang MOB Men’s group and also provide separate rooms for men’s and women’s business,” Mr Hartsuyker said. “The shed and annexe will accommodate up to 80 people at a time and includes a common area for everybody to get together.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Federal Liberal and Nationals’ Government’s $85,000 investment will provide a new space for everyone to enjoy. “In addition to supporting four jobs, this facility will accommodate up to 3,500 users each year and will be available for hire by the broader community as well – a great outcome for all,” Mr McCormack said.
Chief Executive Officer of Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council David Carroll said the facility will host a youth group, men’s group and women’s group each week, with a new sewing and a creative arts group planned to be held each month. “Sharing knowledge from one generation to another is what keeps any community alive, and this is a space in which people across the community can share, learn and receive mentoring from our elders,” Mr Carroll said.
This project was jointly funded with the Federal Liberal and Nationals’ Government investing $85,000 and Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council $32,033.