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    Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Yarrabah’s $1.9 million Indigenous Knowledge Centre officially opens

    Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Thursday, November 19, 2015

    Yarrabah’s $1.9 million Indigenous Knowledge Centre officially opens

    The Yarrabah community has a brand new space to read, write, create and communicate following the opening of the Yarrabah Knowledge Centre.

    The $1.9 million facility was officially opened today by Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt.

    “I’m very proud to be able to open this important piece of community infrastructure, having secured full funding to get this done back in 2012 when I previously Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships,” he said.

    “And I’m pleased to say that the worksite foreman, carpenter apprentice, painters and labourers were all local to Yarrabah – so even during the construction phase this new knowledge centre was delivering learning and skills opportunities.

    “Clearly some time has passed since 2012, with the project only getting underway in September 2014, leaving Yarrabah in need of this wonderful facility to empower individuals with vital learning resources and tools to help strengthen the community.

    “This will be the town’s new epicentre for community events, cultural activities and learning with access to the internet, computers, books, education resources, theatre and films.”

    Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the IKC would provide the Yarrabah community with access to the latest technology, literacy and learning opportunities.

    “This centre will provide local residents with the tools to explore opportunities and to share rich and dynamic community experiences, ensuring local stories and culture remain alive for future generations,” she said.  

    “It is a place for the people of Yarrabah to connect with their own community and the world beyond, giving the community access to up-to-date technology and information to support local knowledge, culture and heritage.”

    The Knowledge Centre will be staffed and managed by the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council.

    “With access to a range of digital and physical resources” Minister Pitt said. “They’ll also be able to share their voices and experiences, sharing the richness of their strong and vibrant culture across generations.”

    The newest Indigenous Knowledge Centre brings the total number of IKCs across Queensland to 25.The State Library of Queensland funds and facilitates the centres, providing ongoing support through staff training, refreshing collections, and delivering programs to sustain the transfer of knowledge.

    Acting State Librarian, Sonia Cooper, said the State Library is proud to support the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council establish their knowledge centre.

    “These wonderful centres support the Queensland Government’s commitment to improving the effectiveness and availability of services, programs and information for all people and their communities.

    “Through important initiatives like the IKCs, the State Library seeks to empower communities by providing access to new technologies, literacy and learning, and sharing experiences from the local Indigenous history, language and culture.”

    For more information on the network of Indigenous Knowledge Centres across Queensland, including locations and opening hours, visit http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/about-us/indigenous-knowledge-centres.

     

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