Port Curtis Coral Coast Trust To Launch Inaugural ‘Dorrie Day’ Event In Gladstone.

Port Curtis Coral Coast Trust To Launch Inaugural ‘Dorrie Day’ Event In Gladstone.

The Port Curtis Coral Coast Trust (PCCC Trust) is a Central Queensland-based organisation that manages the Native Title, Future Act and Cultural Heritage Matters for the First Nations people across the Bundaberg, Gladstone and North Burnett Regions. 

‘Dorrie Day’ is a First Nations careers day that aims to reduce the unemployment rates of the Bailai, Gurang, Gooreng Gooreng and Taribelang Bunda peoples. Shay Pearce, the Employment and Pathways Coordinator of PCCC Trust said that the numbers of unemployment in First Nations People are vastly different to the rest of Australia. 

“We definitely have quite a significant unemployment rate in the region… there’s a twenty-five percent unemployment rate for our First Nations peoples, compared to nine percent of people who are not identified as First Nations,” said Shay. 

“This is a huge difference. The socio-economic statistics show that forty-seven percent of our First Nations families live in jobless families, versus twenty-one percent of those who are not Indigenous.

“We want to organise this event to help people strive for long-term employment opportunities.”

‘Dorrie Day’ Will launch in Gladstone at the Phillip Street Communities and Families Precinct on August Fourth, and First Nations peoples are encouraged to attend, with a free shuttle-bus service to be provided on the day. 

“At the event we held in Bundaberg, even during the height of Covid-19, we had about thirty stallholders. We really want people to know that they don’t necessarily have to walk away with a job, but we want them to know what they have to do to get into the career that they want.” 

The upcoming event is not simply an opportunity for short-term employment opportunities. Rather, it aims to encourage First Nations People to explore different career paths, and the requirements for these.