is the Aboriginal word for the iconic cassowary bird.
Goondoi Arts Aboriginal Corporation is an organisation of traditional owners with a holistic vision for the social and economic development of indigenous communities. We believe in the preservation of country and culture by acting as ‘one voice’, and supporting community programs such as care of country and the development of art and cultural activities and commercial development ventures.
We strive to preserve and expand our cultural connection to country (land and sea), to enable our people to stand tall and be proud of who they are so they are able to contribute to enriching the future of their community.
Goondoi previously operated as an informal organisation called Goondoi Arts and has operated for several years in association with Radiant Life College in Innisfail.
Goondoi Arts directed and managed cultural programs including art production and sales and dance and music education incorporating public performances.
Elders have been an integral part of passing on cultural knowledge such as language and history.
These activities now continue within Goondoi Arts Aboriginal Corporation.
Our board and members predominantly consist of local traditional owners who are also associated with the college.
Radiant Life College was established by the Edwards family; Goondoi is aligned with their aspirations and their traditional owner rights. Anthony Edwards is the chairman of the college and the youth pastor.
Goondoi is structured into five subgroups designed to facilitate the management of specific projects and programs and source appropriate funding.
Our major role is to co-ordinate and develop opportunities across the five subgroups to provide the best possible outcome for the community.
Goondoi Arts incorporates a multitude of different programs and projects, providing assistance with:
* Performance art, such as dance and music
* Painting, sculpture, carving, weaving and crafts
* Exhibitions, events management, art sales and consignment sales
* Media production
* Arts education and passing on knowledge from elders
* Culture and language preservation for future generations.
We are aiming to establish an art gallery and museum on our existing land, adjacent to the Radiant Life College.
The arts facility will house an art gallery, an exhibition space, workshops and studios for resident artists, educational areas and administration offices. The facility will also cater for visitors to view artists at work.
The museum will be a dedicated area to allow visitors to view and be interactive with local indigenous history.
It will include static displays, interactive multimedia displays and hands-on areas where visitors can participate in painting, music and other activities.
We anticipate the gallery and museum will become a premier tourism attraction in the region, as such, we would also love to incorporate a retail area and a coffee shop.
We are also hoping to incorporate a cultural park and glamping. We have been granted $2.7 million for the first stage and hope to begin construction in May/June.
We are hoping to source people with a skill base to assist us in the initial startup phase, including architects, builders, accountants, visual and performing artists and people to assist with grant submissions.
Goondoi Land Management is responsible for all aspects of land management including weed management, wild fire management, track and trails management and environmental and public reserves.
We have close collaborative partnerships with the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Queensland Parks and Forest, GBRMPA, the Wet Tropics Management Authority, Terrain NRM and other organisations.
Land management incorporates Polly Creek, Etty Bay, Flying Fish Point, Ella Bay and Nina’s Creek.
Goondoi Tourism is taking a lead role in co- ordinating tourism opportunities for the community. This will involve working closely with existing tourism operators and companies as well as providing assistance with developing new tourism ventures and opportunities.
We have a partnership with Snapping Tours in Innisfail – three of our indigenous males have been given the opportunity to work with them as tour guides on the north and south Johnstone River. This tour involves crocodile spotting, as well as cultural and historical components.
Goondoi Sea Management works in association with Mandubarra Traditional Owners which has a ‘Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreements’ (TUMRA) with the GBRMPA and involves compliance with ‘no take’ zones.
Sea management incorporates monitoring by rangers, enforcing green zone compliance, the rehabilitation and GPS tracking of turtles and dugongs and monitoring sea grass.
RADIANT LIFE COLLEGE
Radiant Life College in Innisfail is an independent, non- denominational co-educational Christian college for primary and secondary school students. The school was formally established with the aim of focusing on indigenous and disadvantaged families.
Cultural connection and development are a major component of the school’s ethos. Activities include dancing, cultural lessons, drama, music, sports and weaving, as part of the school’s ‘Deadly Fridays’ program. A barbecue is also held at the end of the week and there is a ‘no phone Fridays’ philosophy.
Radiant Life College offers a caring environment for children, as well as free breakfast and a lunch program.
Anthony Edwards said the college was the brainchild of his father, a banana worker who never gave up. His motto was to “be determined,” he said.
Radiant Life College aims to train students for the workforce, so they can be ready for positions such as rangers, hospitality workers and gallery staff.
My name is Anthony Edwards.
My totem is the cassowary and my skin name is ‘Manni’,
which was given to me by my father and means ‘knowledge’