BARAMBAH POTTERY: Some of the pottery pieces produced by the group.
BARAMBAH POTTERY: Some of the pottery pieces produced by the group. Jodie DixonBIT060616CHARTS

Barambah Pottery firing back with grant

CHERBOURG'S Barambah Pottery project will reopen soon at the Cherbourg Historical Precinct Group.

Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien announced the Coalition Government would provide a $59,000 grant to the group as part of an indigenous funding package released to mark the beginning of NAIDOC Week celebrations on Monday, July 9.

The investment would re-establish a pottery workshop, a sales centre and a new cafe to be developed near the Ration Shed Museum, delivering a boost for the Cherbourg economy, he said.

"This project will create jobs in sales and administration at Barambah Pottery as well as for Cherbourg artists,” Mr O'Brien said.

The investment is part of the government's $115 million Indigenous Entrepreneurs package election commitment to support the economic aspirations of innovative indigenous businesses, particularly in regional and remote areas.

"The pottery scene has recently been reinvigorated in Cherbourg and this project to re-establish the Barambah Pottery is the next logical step to help it grow and provide more jobs, skills development and economic growth for Cherbourg,” Mr O'Brien said.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said successful indigenous businesses were the key to improving employment rates for first Australians, since an indigenous-owned business was 100 times more likely to employ an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person than a non-indigenous business.

"There are many indigenous entrepreneurs whose business ideas have the potential to transform their communities, but they just need a hand to get started. Through this package, we are giving indigenous entrepreneurs a fair go,” he said.