The 21st Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast present an unmissable opportunity to share and showcase Australian indigenous culture with the world.
To that end – and to create a legacy, post-Games – TAFE Queensland is running “Creating Tracks”: a training program, backed by the government, to support indigenous entrepreneurs in making the most of their businesses. Workshops, mentoring, networking and trade expos are all part of the program.
One of the indigenous entrepreneurs taking part is Delvene Cockatoo-Collins – an artist based on North Stradbroke Island.
Delvene was commissioned to create the designs for the GCCC gold, silver and bronze medals – an incredible honour that’s also created a wave of interest in her talent.
“Creating Tracks” has also helped Brisbane-based ‘Game Enough’ – a boutique business specializing in ready-to-eat native foods.
Carol and Greg McKenzie create delicious dishes such as Kangaroo and Emu Yapas (pasties) and Salt & Pepper Crocodile.
The McKenzies hope to use the skills and mentoring they’ve received through “Creating Tracks” to grow their business into wholesale, supermarket retail and franchises. They intend to mentor and encourage other indigenous women and men to start their own businesses.