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New Cultural Framework introduced for Dreamworld’s Indigenous Staff

March 24, 2018 Theme Parks No Comments Email Email

Dreamworld has always had a focus on nurturing our country’s Indigenous cultures and as a result was one of the first businesses on the Gold Coast to create a Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2015-2018

Last night, Indigenous culture and educational immersion was celebrated through Gumai (‘big’ in Yugambeh language) Ceremony at Dreamworld with the official launch of a new cultural framework for Dreamworld Corroboree staff.

The cultural framework, is the first of its kind in Australia to incorporate the traditional tribal structures of Indigenous culture with staff adopting a totemic structure to signify progression in Cultural and Educational competence.

As Indigenous staff progress their educational and cultural knowledge they will move up the ranks to a more senior position. This new structure will create better career progression within the Dreamworld Corroboree workforce.

“As one of the largest employers of Indigenous people in South East Queensland, the new cultural framework for Dreamworld Corroboree staff will allow them to use their cultural experiences and incorporate them into the workplace,” said Dreamworld General Manager Life Sciences, Al Mucci.

“It is a network circle where the support is all inclusive and allows career progression for the Corroboree team, while feeling completely supported by all team members along the way, much like their traditional tribal structures.”

The launch was attended by Dreamworld staff, as well as a range of VIPS who are instrumental in the growth and support of the Gold Coast’s Indigenous community.

The Ceremony comprised Welcome to Country, fire & smoking ceremony and ochre ceremony by Yugambeh Aboriginal Dancers.

Dreamworld employs 44 Indigenous people of all ages and experience levels, working across a range of areas including Wildlife, Attractions, Corroboree, Lifeguards, Safety, Engineering and Food & Beverage.

The Corroboree Cultural space includes traditional fire making, weapons demonstrations, face painting, cultural & educational tours, the Bulumm Theatre attraction showing the award-winning traditional story of the Gold Coasts creation. The area also features a Virtual Reality experience, a dedicated Torres Strait Island experience with the Badu Pearling Show and two new interactive attractions devoted to Aboriginal Stockmen and the Rainbow Serpent.

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