Eight Indigenous locals in North Queensland are now fully qualified tour guides after completing a training program supported by Morris Family Foundation.
Program graduates are now equipped with their diving certification, boat licenses, and essential cultural knowledge to assist them in their new roles as Indigenous guides for the Museum of Underwater Art, off the coast of Townsville.
The eight-week program provided trainees with education on marine science, reef health, and the management of marine ecosystems.
Graduates also took part in lessons from tourism industry leaders to set them up for success as tour guides, and gained valuable skills and knowledge to help them share stories of their culture and the connection to the Manbarra Sea Country.
Morris Family Foundation Director Hayley Morris said the foundation was proud to support the program which benefits not only the participants, but the region as a whole.
“With two of our businesses, Orpheus Island Lodge and The Ville Resort close by, we’re passionate about initiatives that focus on the environment, Indigenous employment, and tourism; so supporting this program is a natural fit for us,” Ms Morris said.
“Not only does it provide meaningful, long-term employment opportunities for the local indigenous community, but it also supports the arts and natural environment which is a win-win for all involved.”