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Long term lease secures educational benefit for region

Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has provided continued support to the local Indigenous community of Bundaberg and the PCCC region by entering into a longer term lease with the Gidarjil Development Corporation.

With finalisation of the agreement reaching fruition this week, the Gidarjil Development Corporation will continue to call the Environmental and Marine Training Centre at the Port of Bundaberg home.

GPC Port of Bundaberg Manger Jason Pascoe said the lease provides the Gidarjil Development Corporation with the ability to plan long-term to continue meeting the educational and training needs of the local Indigenous community.

“The Gidarjil Development Corporation has a proven track record of providing programs that positively benefit the Bundaberg region,” Mr Pascoe said.

“Areas of opportunity include training, employment, Indigenous language, cultural heritage, caring for country, the arts and business development.

“We are proud to continue to support indigenous education and training initiatives, building a stronger future for our communities.”

Launching their third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in December last year, GPC’s aims to provide real and lasting opportunities, and build on the achievements made together for the benefit of the local and wider Australian communities.

Gidarjil Development Corporation Ltd CEO Dr Kerry Blackman said the Yalga-binbi Institute is an Indigenous owned and operated Registered Training Organization, (RTO), that provides quality training across a comprehensive range of vocational and educational programs.

GPC’s remains committed to creating real and positive change by raising awareness, knowledge and understanding of our Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander peoples.