As well as working for IPS as a Business Advisor, Scott is the Chair of Mungalla Station, a working cattle station purchased by the Nywaigi Aboriginal people just outside of Ingham, North Queensland. The station was purchased 17 years ago through a grant from the Indigenous Land Corporation.
As well as operating a working cattle station, the Nywaigi People have been running an Indigenous Tourism operation at the Station. Mungalla Aboriginal Tours have won numerous Queensland and Australian Tourism awards, and recently received the Queensland Premier’s Sustainability Award for the restoration of the wetlands on the station.
Mungalla Station is just one example of what Indigenous business can achieve in Queensland.
“Queensland has significant opportunities for ongoing business development, particularly in the tourism industry, with the Commonwealth Games coming up in April 2018,” Angel said.
“On Palm Island we participated in the Creating Tracks workshops, an initiative of the Office of the Commonwealth Games in partnership with TAFE Queensland. The workshops offer support through business planning, marketing and mentoring for Indigenous businesses hoping to leverage opportunities and create sustainability from the Commonwealth Games.”
“The Commonwealth Games is an opportunity for Indigenous Business to get into the market - Indigenous Tourism is a big ticket item, especially for visiting athletes, officials and visitors to the region,” Scott said.
Palm Island has one of Queensland’s largest Indigenous communities. With a population of 3000 people, the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council is actively engaged in supporting Indigenous tourism development for the whole community.
“We’re instrumental in hosting the `Beyond Yarning’ workshops for Indigenous Businesses on the island,” Scott said.
2018 is a big year for the Palm Island community, as they are planning a range of events for their 100 Year Centenary. There are three major events planned for the Centenary celebrations – one focusing on the past, one on the present and one on the future.
“The tourism we have here is going to be able to create a lot of opportunities,” Scott said. “A lot of international people engage with Indigenous tourism. The demand is already there, our job is to help local businesses fill in the gap in supply.”