Indigenous Business Month | Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours


Karlie Brady


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Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours educate visitors about traditional Kuku Yalanji food and medicines. All images: Supplied.

October is Indigenous Business Month so throughout October Newsport will be shining a light on the growing ranks of successful local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.

Indigenous Business Month is an initiative of the MURRA Indigenous Master Class Program alumni, which showcases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs and businesses from a variety of sectors.

Indigenous Business Month importantly recognises local businesses like Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours, run by brothers Linc and Brandon Walker.

Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours have been taking visitors out onto their traditional lands in Cooya Beach for 20 years, showcasing the Kuku Yalanji people’s way of life.

Co-owner Linc Walker said they try to educate visitors by telling them stories and showing them traditional foods and hunting techniques.

“We look at the medicines and foods found down there and we go and interact with the environments, which change every day with the tides,” Mr Walker said.

“We show people about our culture and they can ask questions and we show them some local artefacts from the family.”

Mr Walker said their aim is to continue their traditional lifestyle into the future, while protecting, practising, and sharing their culture.

“It's our way of continuing that connection to our country so we ensure that we follow the traditional customs,” he said.

Mr Walker added Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours grew out of his grandparent’s idea of showing visitors through their country.

It has now developed into the family business it is today with eight employees who are all indigenous.

“It's a partnership with myself and my brother Brandon Walker. We just keep getting more and more kids in the family involved and other families from the area to continue to practise,” Mr Walker said.

Indigenous Business Month is now in its fifth year supporting Indigenous business development and innovation.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that Queensland has the highest growth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses in the nation.

Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Jackie Trad said Indigenous Business Month is a chance to highlight the positive impacts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.

“Queensland is home to more than a quarter of all Indigenous small businesses in Australia,” Ms Trad said.

“That’s around 3000 businesses across every sector and at all stages, from start-ups to large organisations.
“Continuing to support and grow our state’s Indigenous businesses is essential to achieving maximum economic participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.”

There are a range of events occurring across the state as part of Indigenous Month to ignite conversation and ideas.

Events include the NDIS Indigenous Business Engagement Forum; with the Community Services Industry Alliance; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander marketplace with Birrunga Gallery and Blaklash; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business capability workshop for women in business, held in conjunction with Griffith University.

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