News Date: 19 Apr 2017
Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Mark Furner has announced that HC Building and Construction have been awarded the contract that will see a $2.1 million Community centre built in Aurukun.
The minister also revealed that the centre would adopt a traditional name as the Wo’ Uw Ko’ Alam Community Centre, or Three Rivers Community Centre.
“The Wo’ Uw Ko’ Alam Community Centre project will transform Aurukun’s former tavern building to deliver new community-focussed infrastructure, on-the-job training, and employment for local residents,” Mr Furner said.
“As part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to providing work and business opportunities for Indigenous communities, this building project will deliver the equivalent of up to six fulltime jobs for Aurukun residents.
“From construction to catering, the Wo’ Uw Ko’ Alam Community Centre is a $2.1 million business investment in the people of Aurukun, and is a result of the Palaszczuk Government working in partnership with community leaders.”
Aurukun Mayor Dereck Walpo welcomed the announcement saying the Council had campaigned for the former tavern to be converted in to an all-weather community facility.
“I am pleased that the Wo’ Uw Ko’ Alam Community Centre will not only provide jobs for Aurukun residents but give them somewhere where training programs, cultural activities and celebrations like weddings can be held undercover,” he said.
Treasurer and Ministerial Champion for Aurukun, Curtis Pitt said work would be underway this month.
“The former tavern will be converted into a flexible community space with function rooms, upgraded kitchen facilities and undercover outdoor areas,” Mr Pitt said.
“I know from my visits to western Cape York, this is a much anticipated development for Aurukun that the whole community is rallying behind.
“The transformed centre is expected to become a genuine focal point that brings the community together like never before.”
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