The new year brings excitement as we anticipate finalisation of our lease on the building offered to us in the community for our creative technologies centre and progress towards completion of the cross project.
Over the last few months a number of our team have visited with the community and continue to be humbled and inspired by the local people. Whilst things take a long time to progress they remain resilient to many challenges and look forward to seeing our projects progress. That said every time we visit we spend time with local people, sharing our skills in photography and digital media too.
These are some very recent pictures of some of the key leaders and traditional owners who we have been blessed to connect with over nearly fifteen years of walking with this community. Alison, Sammy, Sid, Douglas and Gordon are five of the many local people we have come to call part of our own family. We can't wait for the digital technology centre to be up and running so we can share more.
In terms of our work, the lease on our building in Haasts Bluff is in the final stages of agreement. It has taken time as the process is complex with a need for intensive consultation. The process that is followed is similar for folks wanting to use Aboriginal land for cattle grazing and mineral exploration, and whilst we're not doing those things we are caught up a lot of paperwork and legal process involving a number of stakeholders. If you've forgotten what our building looks like here's a picture!
Completion of the twenty metre high cross at Memory Mountain remains a key focus and is gaining even more recognition as an expression in visual art of the faith and Christian culture of many in the community. Whilst the project is taking longer than anyone would have thought, everyone is resolute that it will be completed. Right now the track is complete to the top of the mountain. Our next stage is the actual construction of the cross and some related amenities for visitors.
The cross site and related social enterprise activities will be managed by Memory Mountain Limited, a not-for-profit whose board and members are drawn in majority from the local community. Don't forget you can find out more about Memory Mountain limited on the website we have set up for their social enterprise activities.
Your continued donations to our work, both in developing our educational activities and creative arts projects including the cross are so critical.
Right now we need funds to bring the digital technologies centre on-line, to develop resources for educators and to ensure the cross is not only completed but that visitors are able to experience it safely and respectfully.
If you'd like to donate jump onto our donations page by hitting the button below or email us using our contacts form. and we can send more information, update you regularly and keep in touch on our progress.