Actor Jack Thompson-Garma Patron & Michael Hartman at Garma Aug 2010 for Gumatj Corporation's Yolngu Forestry Project.
ForestWorks assists Gumatj Corporation's Yolngu Forestry project in northeast Arnhem Land
ForestWorks is assisting the Gumatj Coporation as part of the Yolngu Forestry project in northeast Arnhem Land with the ongoing skills and training development of their workers.
ForestWorks CEO Michael Hartman and Deputy CEO Jane Bartier recently attended the Yothu Yindi Foundation's Garma Festival, Australia's largest indigenous cultural festival at Gulkala southeast of Gove in Arnhem Land. Michael presented as part of the forum "Indigenous Education and Training-Looking to the Future".
The Gumatj Corporation, as part of the Yolngu Forestry project, hired indigneous locals to work in the mill, build the workers bunkhouse and another house as well as produce quality furniture. The workers learned valuable skills in forestry, harvesting and housing construction and furniture making through on the job skills training.
The Gumatj Corporation's Yolngu Forestry project has achieved:
Building a bunkhouse for indigenous workers on the project
Operating a portable sawmill for timber harvesting
Building a domestic house as part of the project
Building quality furniture
Increasing skills for indigenous workers
For more information you can download the news item from Forestry and e-news and visit the Garma website www.garmafestival.com.au
A video of the event will be available soon to view.