Minjerribah Ganaba, a place to Hear, Think and Understand is an education and training facility aimed at upskilling, training, and assisting the community on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).
Minjerribah Ganaba is located at the old secondary school campus in Goompi (Dunwich) which is being refurbished and due to open in September 2020.
Minjerribah Ganaba is open to any member of the Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) Community. We work with the Qld Government, TAFE, and several Registered Training Organisations to find you eligible funding so that in most cases, you can still earn while studying.
The creation of Minjerribah Ganaba on Quandamooka Country is due to the Queensland Government’s 2016 North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy, which identified key areas to help Minjerribah re-establish itself after the cessation of mineral sand mining.
The strategy identified Education and Training as one of the key areas, based on education being one of the top six industries on the island, home of the existing Moreton Bay Research Station (that tracks whale migration) and a popular destination for school camps and subject- specific programs, e.g. outdoor education, marine studies and more).
Training at the centre will include courses across a wide range of industries including:
- Agriculture, food and natural resources
- Marine and land management and rehabilitation
- Arts, audio visual technology, communications and digital engagement
- Business, management and administration
- Hospitality and tourism
- Cultural Practices
This year we have been successful in receiving funding through Skilling Queenslanders for Work program. We have employed 20 people who are working across a number of departments of QYAC, while developing their working skills.
In fact, in 2019, Minjerribah Ganaba delivered over 1754 training hours across Digital, Maritime, Tourism, language and machinery subjects.
Minjerribah Ganaba will be further developed in the next 12 months to include an extensive range of programs and be recognised as an important Indigenous Knowledge Centre, a place of First Nations innovation and research, and a place for learning traditional cultural practices such as weaving and carving. We aim to produce high-quality learning materials and activities drawing on the island’s physical, social, cultural and ecological history and current context.
The Centre will be a regional Indigenous Tourism, Hospitality and Training Hub, and a place of Quandamooka Language revitalisation. It will provide local and regional programs alongside national and international learning opportunities.
To find out more about Minjerribah Ganaba and our current programs on offer visit our Minjerribah Ganaba website.
Minjerribah Ganaba will also provide office and storage space for the QYAC corporate and business services, rangers, the Quandamooka Festival team, and office space for Minjerribah business and service providers