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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    NEW INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE CENTRE OPENS ON HAMMOND ISLAND

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Tuesday, December 15, 2009

    NEW INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE CENTRE OPENS ON HAMMOND ISLAND

     

    Premier and Minister for the Arts Anna Bligh today officially opened Queensland’s 18th Indigenous Knowledge Centre, in the remote community of Hammond Island in the Torres Strait.

    Premier Bligh said the new centre represents a significant collaboration between the Torres Strait Island Regional Council and the State Library of Queensland.

    “This Indigenous Knowledge Centre is an exciting initiative that will provide a community hub for sharing information, knowledge and cultural heritage,” Ms Bligh said.

    “The Hammond Island Indigenous Knowledge Centre provides a place for the community to gather, to socialise, to learn and to celebrate.

    “By supporting the creation of new facilities like this we can help to deliver a better future for the people of the Torres Strait.”

    Member for Cook, Jason O’Brien said the centre will provide new opportunities for the members of the remote island community.

    “This centre is a boost for the region today, and also for future generations of Torres Strait Islanders,” he said.

    “By providing services like this we are giving members of this remote community a chance to develop their skills, while also ensuring their cultural heritage preserved.”

    State Librarian Lea Giles-Peters said Indigenous Knowledge Centres provides access to conventional library services as well as an array of community-generated activities that will assist lifelong learning, improve social well-being and develop work and life skills for people of all ages.

    “Importantly the Knowledge Centres also provide a place to capture and preserve local history and traditions,” Ms Giles-Peters said.

    Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKC) currently exist in Aurukun, Badu, Boigu, Cherbourg, Dauan, Erub, Iama, Injinoo, Kubin Island, Lockhart River, Mabuiag, New Mapoon, Pormpuraaw, Poruma, Seisia, Wujal Wujal and Hope Vale.

    The centres are a shared initiative between the local communities and the Queensland Government through the State Library of Queensland. They are owned, managed and staffed by the local Council and cater to the needs of the local community.

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