Indigenous training and employment solutions

RISE Ventures Community Development Programs - strengthening communities and building a skilled workforce

RISE Ventures is delivering the Community Development Program in Gumbalayna and Katherine in Northern Territory,
and Mornington Island, Kowanyama/Pormpuraaw and the Western Tablelands in Queensland. The program is helping to provide training and employment pathways for local people as well as developing business enterprises for long term employment and economic impact. Each region delivers activities that engage with the local community and help build infrastructure and spaces to foster community spirit and pride.

Through consultation with traditional owners and local organisations, RISE Ventures identifies activities that engage youth, provide training and employment, build local capacity and enhance community life.


Job Seeker of the Week: Ananias Ganaraj AKA Cowboy

Cowboy currently attends our Community Improvement activity on a daily basis. Cowboy is always the first to help our supervisors and pitches in when required. We helped Cowboy to receive his WHS card in June for Construction.

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Job Seeker of the Week: Cain Nangamu

Meet Cain – he’s one of our most talented job seekers. Cain does his activity at Injalak Arts Centre. We assisted Cain to obtain his Learner’s Permit back in October last year.

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Job Seeker of the Week: Roseshelle Kitchener

Roseshelle Kitchener is our well-deserved Kowanyama job seeker of the week! At the start of the week, being relatively new to the sewing activity, Roseshelle was quite scared of using a sewing machine.

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Job Seeker of the Week: Vincent William

Vincent is a young cultural leader in his community who is stepping up to do more. Through his participation in our hosted activity with Pormpur Paanthu Aboriginal Corporation Men’s Group,

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Jobseeker of the week: Delena Coyne

Delena has been working with RISE Katherine since November 2015. A mother of 4 wonderful children and still manages to work full time at Top End Health Services. 

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Job Seeker of the Week: Audrey Waraumiya

Audrey has been born and bred in the beautiful community of Minjilang on Crocker Island. Being on an isolated and small island, Audrey has found it hard to gain employment.

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We are all in this together.

Last Friday the RISE Katherine office provided around 70 warm take away stews to our job seekers who have been effected by the COVID-19 restrictions.

Essential Service workers commence to support COVID-19 arrangements.

It is essential for community stores to remain open during this time

Kybrook Men’s activity getting their hands dirty

Over the past few months, the Kybrook Men’s Activity have been working with the EON Foundation and its employees to construct a community garden to supply the community with fresh veggies.
Up until the COVID-19 closure the team have installed reticulation and garden beds and planted pumpkins and chilli plants.

Construction has also begun on extending the garden shed into a green-house to raise the seedlings for further planting.
It was very hard ground but the team all pitched in to get the task done.

Plans are also in place to construct a fence around the gardens when the activities open back up again and we cannot wait to dig in when the restrictions are lifted.

Our job seeker still loving his job after two years

Our job seeker still loving his job after two years