Balo Street

Mungindi, NSW

The ILSC acquired and granted 211 Balo Street for the development of a café that provides training and employment in hospitality, and an Indigenous art studio and gallery.

The site was comprehensively redeveloped by Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) using a combination of its own and ILSC funding.

The ILSC acquired the property with a single-storey corrugated shed. The site was extensively redeveloped and is now known as the Yaama Ganu centre.

Yaama Ganu has a café, provides hospitality training and employment opportunities and promotes the production and sale of Indigenous art.

Established in 1997, AES is a successful Indigenous-controlled and managed employment group dedicated to providing Indigenous training and employment services. It has a significant footprint in NSW and has expanded to QLD, NT, WA and VIC. AES employs staff in 15 locations; 95% are Indigenous people. AES managed construction of the building and contributed $461,380 to construction and fit out.

The workshop provides facilities for art production, while the gallery provides marketing opportunities for locally produced art and hosts exhibitions throughout the year. The centre caters for the delivery of programs such as AES’s Youth Entrepreneurial Program.

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