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Noomool is the first collaboration between the ISX and Pozible - the Melbourne based crowdfunding group. Please support this project. We seek funding for no ordinary documentary. It is a fight to build awareness about the importance of the incredible pristine environment of the King Sound and a culture in danger of being lost. By investing in this project you are investing in the preservation of this incredible natural environment and the spirit of the Mayala people.

Gelam Marine Institute (GMI)

Our community wishes to establish the Gelam Marine Institute as a Centre of Excellence for Marine Research for the Torres Strait.

The goal of the Institute will be to promote better employment and training outcomes for Torres Strait peoples' especially 'Rightful Owners' the Mualgal people.

The Institute will assist in the contribution to the local economy and alleviate chronic social welfare needs. It will enhance, promote and maintain cultural integrity within the island & Adai - NPA communities. In addition, it will build partnerships with various agencies to foster and encourage reconciliation, and autonomy to benefit all within the region and sub-region of Torres Strait.

The marine centre proposal is to develop tropical marine education, building a sensible strong marine economic base that will use the skills of the Mualgal but also Indigenous/non-Indigenous Torres Strait Islanders. In future this will enable us to target the global, national & local marine markets.

The institute will focus on key marine economic and social policy issues confronting island communities - economic development, employment opportunities, governance, welfare dependency, cultural vitality, leadership and drug & alcohol abuses, if needed to be concurrent essentials.

The marine institute will secure investments from Commonwealth & State governments, corporate Australia and private industries.

Building the appropriate marine economy development is a platform to autonomy of self-determination within the Torres Strait. The concept of self-determination is having a solid economic base that provides security to Torres Strait Islander people in the future.

Introducing Gelam Marine Institute

  • Vision of Waubin Richard Aken, Chairman of Balkanu and Elder and rightful owner of Kaurareg people
  • Focussed on developing marine economy in Torres Strait
  • Envisages tertiary educational and research campus on Mua Island, linked to commercial marine harvest employment
  • Will liaise with existing educational and commercial organisations

Outline of Vision for Institute

  • Mualgal Elders want to develop a strong marine economy
  • GMI's aim is to strengthen and educate people re this economy and bring social and cultural developments, and financial management
  • The vision is to empower Torres Strait Islander sand Aboriginals and their families to determine their own economic issues, based on wisdom, strength and unity
  • In the longer term, share knowledge with international partners
Making the vision a reality

  • Develop a tropical marine higher education facility in the Torres Strait
  • Build a skills base to enable local people to target local and overseas markets for marine products
  • Ensure there is a viable marine economy to support employment for those trained, and facilitate indigenous financial management of these businesses
Suggested collaboration with JCU

  • Joint search for seed funding (e.g. Feasibility Study)
  • Explore viability of GMI being a JCU Campus
GMI provides onsite access to TSI marine research
  • GMI provides access to TSI communities and their local marine knowledge
  • JCU provides academic curriculum and teaching staff
  • GMI provides work opportunities for graduates

  • What is current tertiary landscape in Torres Strait Islands?
  • If JCU and GMI to collaborate, what joint structure?
  • What steps are needed to gain approval in principle for a new tertiary institute in the Straits?
  • What higher education bodies need to be consulted and give their endorsement to GMI?
  • What corporate structure is best for GMI - how should it be separate from any commercial arm (employing graduates)?
Gaps in Torres Strait education

  • Aim is to train Island and PNG students in Straits marine economy, ecosystems, harvest sustainability, practical marine harvesting, scientific assessment of climate change,
financial management etc
  • What exists in TSI at present for the above and what are the gaps? Could GMI fill them?
  • To what extent is local marine culture being preserved and taught? Can GMI address?
How we might work together?

  • Agree that we will pursue jointly - draft and sign MOU re partneship
  • Draft contractual service agreement
  • Prepare draft curriculum
  • Prepare draft operating model
  • Share back office services - legal, HR, OH&S, accounting, student support
  • Assess student demand and set up marketing in Australia and overseas
  • In the future, network with other international students and attract international funding
  • GMI provide access to JCU and other scientific bodies (e.g. CSIRO) in TSI for research
Assistance with funding applications

  • Suggest funding bodies for tertiary institution development including seed funding for Feasibility Study by GMI
  • Prepare supporting documentation re use of GMI in Torres Strait marine research and onsite teaching
  • Assist in completing application forms with necessary academic information and endorsement
  • Collaborate to obtain main project funding
  • Assist with questions of licensing, academic staff proposals, capital and operational costing estimates
  • Provide an agreed form of endorsement (after due consideration) to the GMI proposal
Suggested next steps

  • Agree to collaborate
  • Prepare MOU and sign
  • Set up working group - meet fortnightly for 3 months?
  • Set timeline goals - seed funding
  • Prepare JCU support paper with proposed academic and back office support from JCU
  • Propose governance structure for joint project
  • Consider implications for combined academic and commercial venture

Lead Organisation/Agency

Mualgal Elders

Type of Support Needed

We seek financial support to implement the strategy plans. The capital investments in this case would allow the GMI to activate its operations. It is envisaged that strong financial management accountability is essential for the GMI to successfully achieve its goals.

Type of Mentoring Needed

Business Partnership
Capital raising
Community Partnership
Enterprise Development

Type of Investment Needed

Capital Funding for Physical Infrastructure
Development loan
Joint Venture
Recurrent Funding Support
Start-up grant
Start-up loan
Technical Assistance and Development
Venture capital investment


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Land Management
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For further information

Contact  :  Waubin Richard Aken
Mobile  :  0427 519 089
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