Mapoon training participants building on solid foundations

a montage of construction tranees undertaking various tasks; building, sweeping, shovelling and posing with equipment

Trainees have turned their hands to many different tasks through the program, growing broad experience and developing many skills.

As our Mapoon participants near the completion of their Construction Certificates, Community Owned Enterprises’ Scott McAlister and Katie Wallace and “Na’Muk’a’Run’ Mob” coordinator and participant mentor Jack Wipa visited them to assist with identifying and capitalising on the opportunities this training and experience has created.


Facilitated by the relationship between Community Owned Enterprises (COE), Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council, Kuku’nathi Services and the “Na’Muk’a’Run’ Mob”, the six-month training has included both classroom and site-based learning. Participants have undertaken works on new housing for Mapoon residents and other projects within the remote Western Cape community. While including vital worksite qualifications such as white cards, working at heights and confined spaces tickets, it is the on-site and on-task learning that will most significantly assist participants as they move on to new opportunities.

Six trainess stand with COE staff, Jack Wipa and Mapoon Aboriginal Council Works Manager John Fleming

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council works manager, John Fleming (pictured far right with participants, COE staff and Jack Wipa above) visited the trainees to outline new or upcoming roles the council will open in the community shortly, highlighting a few apprenticeship opportunities that our participants will be ideally placed to fill given their experience working on council projects through this course. This is a proven pathway to ongoing employment in the community as one of our initial participants has already left the program as they were offered full-time employment by the council Rangers.


Katie also worked with all participants to update their résumés to reflect new skills and experience gained. She will continue to assist each participant to identify opportunities in the community, and for those that are looking to gain further experience elsewhere, in other areas of Queensland or with COE partners.


Through the program’s training and this ongoing support, the participants have developed skills and competencies that will greatly assist to secure rewarding and enduring employment. Whether their next roles are within the community, or some move away to pursue new opportunities elsewhere, these skills the participants have developed, their eligibility for employment and the works they assisted with will all contribute to continuing social and economic impacts for the Mapoon community.


This training has been made possible by funding from the Queensland Government as part of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.