Kowanyama Bakery

RISE Ventures Celebrates the Opening of the Kowanyama Bakery!

June 06, 2024

  RISE Ventures Celebrates the Opening of the Kowanyama Bakery!   Wednesday 29 June was a day of celebration for the Kowanyama community with the official re-opening of the Kowanyama Bakery!   This venture is not just about delicious breads and pastries; it signifies a significant step towards economic development and improved health for community residents.  The…

Sharissa and Kim Succeeding as NDIS Support Workers

May 16, 2024

Sharissa Charlie and Kim Smith are two RISE Ventures clients in Kowanyama, Far North QLD. Both ladies had been CDP clients with us for nearly 2-years and in February 2024, they both started on a new life and career path as NDIS Support Workers for uLaunch. RISE Ventures and uLaunch, an established DES and NDIS…

May Newsletter

RISE Ventures May Newsletter

May 03, 2024

    This monthly newsletter is our opportunity to share with you the latest news, community updates and celebrations across the RISE remote employment, enterprise and community projects space. This month, we are proud to share three successful launches – Pormpuraaw youth engagement, NDIS in Kowanyama and GATHER AROUND, a consulting and training services enterprise! Happy reading! ⭐…

Charmaine Flourishes Running Kowanyama Women’s Hub

May 02, 2024

Charmaine is a proud Kunjen woman that has lived in Kowanyama all her life. She loves her community, is a well-respected Traditional Owner and a newly elected local Councillor to the Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council and looks forward to being of service to the community as one of their representatives. Her greatest accomplishment in life…

Youth Engagement is Taking Off in Pormpuraaw!

April 24, 2024

In February, we shared this story of three young men who had started learning carpentry with our Supervisors in Pormpuraaw. Since then, our youth engagement has taken off! We’ve welcomed 12 disengaged young people in the past 6-weeks.   Seeing what their mates had been doing with the RISE Ventures team prompted more young men to…

Pormpuraaw Land & Sea

Mentoring Youth and Enhancing the Pormpuraaw Community

April 12, 2024

The Pormpuraaw Land & Sea Project is a small but mighty team doing great things for their community.   Made up of RISE Supervisors and eager clients, they are a men’s group in action.   Their mission? To restore, beautify and maintain the outdoor spaces in their community and help locals along the way.  …

Cody Starts His Carpentry Apprenticeship with Pormpuraaw Council!

March 12, 2024

Cody Henaway is a self-driven young man from Pormpuraaw who is turning his talents into a sustainable career.   Cody completed year 12 of high school in 2022 and returned to the Pormpuraaw community. At school, he had already gained Certificate II in Engineering Pathways & Certificate I in Construction.  After graduation, Cody got casual work…

The RISE Retail Arts ‘N’ Craft Store is open for business!

March 04, 2024

  We celebrated the grand opening of the RISE Retail Arts ‘N’ Craft Store in Kowanyama on Wednesday 28 February!   We had 30 community members join us along with the RISE Ventures gardening team, office staff and uLaunch support workers.   Josh, our baker at the Kowanyama Bakery, kept everyone well-fed with a sausage sizzle and…

The First Step to a Career in Construction for Kybrook Locals

March 01, 2024

  In partnership with Aboriginal Enterprises Australia, RISE Ventures Katherine facilitated a 2-day White Card training and certification at Kybrook Community Farm. Eleven clients from Kybrook completed the training and we were pleasantly surprised to have eight women who are breaking down barriers in a male-dominated industry. One of the ladies even brought her young…

Building Project Sparks Engagement with Pormpuraaw Youth

February 26, 2024

  Engaging with youth in Pormpuraaw has been an ongoing challenge for our team but we’re celebrating a breakthrough with three young men with carpentry potential!  Stephen, Darren and Lloyd from our Community Projects team decided to change their approach with local youth and empower them to choose what they want to do with RISE’s…