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15 January, 2022


PORT Douglas’ First Nations people will receive unprecedented economic support with the imminent construction of the Fairmont Port Douglas, with local Indigenous groups pinning high hopes on a positive outcome for the hotel.

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Led by developer Chiodo Corporation, the luxury resort is set to create 694 jobs each year over the two-year construction with 196 ongoing jobs supported on site. 

Of these jobs, Chiodo estimates 10% will go towards the region’s First Nations people as part of a partnership agreement with the local Indigenous communities. 

The developer signed a memorandum of understanding with Kubirriwarra Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation to ensure the land and its people are treated with care, and the site maintains its cultural reverence and acknowledgement according to local legislation. 

Terry O’Shane of Kubirriwarra Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation has said he is thrilled with the partnership agreement, which will create and provide jobs for the region’s First Nations people across construction and within the hotel. 

“We are extremely pleased with the opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading hotel brands, Fairmont, and with Chiodo Corporation in promoting our culture and our history as the world’s oldest continuous society,” Mr O’Shane said. 

“As a fantastic way to showcase our history and celebrate our heritage, the partnership will help to ensure that Port Douglas and the surrounding region is regarded as the best tourist destination in Australia.” 

Chiodo Principal, Paul Chiodo, said ongoing consultation with local Indigenous groups has meant the hotel will authentically and appropriately celebrate the region’s heritage. 

“It’s important to us that we engage with the local Indigenous community at each touchpoint,” Mr Chiodo said. 

“The hotel will feature a significant area in the grounds, for reflection and acknowledgement of the land upon which the hotel is built and its traditional owners. 

“We are also exploring plans for an art gallery to exhibit Indigenous artwork and tell the region’s story while allowing guests to purchase this artwork and support local creatives.” 

Chiodo Corporation’s development is currently before the planning and environmental court, as the developer hopes council will provide more clarity on the steps needed to move closer to approval.

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