Category: Community Engagement and Development
The Mutitjulu Foundation was launched by GPT and its subsidiary, Voyages Hotels & Resorts, in December 2003.
The Foundation is focused on relieving poverty, advancing education and improving health for the Anangu people of the Mutitjulu Community, which is located next to Uluru in Central Australia and in proximity to the GPT Group owned Ayers Rock Resort.
The Mutitjulu community has been identified as a community in need by a variety of indigenous agencies and government departments. As tourism is the major generator of economic activity in the area surrounding Uluru, GPT believes that it has a responsibility to contribute directly to the support of the local indigenous community.
GPT and Voyages provided seed funding for the Foundation and GPT continues to match guest donations dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $200,000 per annum. In 2009, for example, resort guests donated $27,295 to the Mutitjulu Foundation, matched by GPT to a total of $54,590.
In September 2007, the Foundation completed its first major project which was the development of a Respite Centre for the community at Mutitjulu. The centre was opened by John Morse, Chair of the Mutitjulu Foundation and Sammy Wilson, Chair of the Mutitjulu Community Council, and its ongoing management is being supported by various Commonwealth and Territory Government agencies. The Centre provides care for the Mutitjulu aged and infirm with meals, activities and games in a new and purpose-built environment.
In 2011, the most significant project that the Foundation is supporting is the reconstruction of a community recreation hall, to which GPT has contributed approximately $125,000. This contribution has been made in conjunction with funds from the Central Land Council and Federal Governments. When complete, the hall will have kitchen and dining facilities and include a training area, an area for women’s business, a facility for genealogy searches and an office for a Youth Worker. Outdoors, there will be a shaded basketball court for sport and recreation.
Contracts for the sale of the Ayers Rock Resort were exchanged in October 2010. As a result, the Foundation will be transferred to the Indigenous Land Corporation on completion of the sale.