Dreamtime Cultural Centre (DCC) was established in 1988 as a place where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage couldb e showcased and preserved. Comprising a cultural centre, convention facilities, motel (currently leased), the Ted Mitchell Gallery, a retail outlet offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artefacts and souvenirs, an Aboriginal traditional area and beautiful and significant grounds, the centre offers a range of tourism, cultural and conference experiences to the Central Queensland (CQ) community.
The purpose of DCC is focussed on:
- Developing and delivering expressions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture including dance, art and storytelling.
- Educational, conference and tourism experiences that provide an opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
The Central Queensland region has been hit by a series of events during past years that have impacted tourism numbers to the region including the 2014 cyclone, 2019 bushfires and more recently the COVID-19 restrictions.
The team at Dreamtime Cultural Centre are proud to have been one of the survivors, when much larger organisations have not. However, these events have led to a reduction in turnover. This, together with a reduction in access to Government fungind has impacted greatly on staff resources at
We have been awarded the $10,000 COVID-19 Adaptation Grant by the Queensland Government to help us revitalise and rebuild the Dreamtime Cultural Centre to once again be an iconic tourist attraction and source of pride for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all over Australia and a source of pride for the region.
With our current financial resources, we won’t be able to do it alone and we are genuinely asking for your help to bring our vision…your vision into reality.
Our vision, with your help, is to establish an ongoing Friends of the Dreamtime Volunteering Program.
Whether you have one hour, one day, one week to spare or whether you can commit to an ongoing project indefinitely you can help us make a difference.
We want this to be as rewarding for you as it is for us, so, by the end of today’s session we are asking that you complete our Expression of interest form so we can find out what you would like to bring to, and receive back from the relationship.
We’ve found that the more we can help each other, the greater the give and take, the more successful our project will be.
It’s a big task, we know that. Your contribution will make all the difference. We are looking for support in all areas of operation including Board roles, Establishment of new Advisory Committee/s, hospitality, tour guiding, retail, horticulture, basic maintenance, carpentry even radio announcers for 4US and researchers. There will be a role where your expertise… brain or brawn will be able to be put to good use..and sincerely appreciated.