Minyerri are currently exploring new business ideas with support from Enterprise Learning Projects (ELP) in partnership with the Smith Family under the Katherine Region Communities for Children initiative, funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
Gulbarn tea is a fragrant herbal tea used as a traditional medicine by the people of Minyerri to cure coughs, colds and respiratory congestion. The delicious healthy tea is hand harvested, dried and packaged in Minyerri community located within the Hodgson Downs cattle station 270kms south-east of Katherine.
Samara Billy is a key Minyerri community member interested in growing the enterprise “Some people call Minyerri Gulbarn-Land, we have so much of it growing here” she says. Samara has recently graduated with a Certificate II Business and will be attending the 6th Indigenous Economic Development Forum in Alice Springs in October. The forum will provide an opportunity for participants like Samara to meet with other Indigenous entrepreneurs, share stories and ideas.
It is early days for the enterprise working on processes, packaging and price point for the tea. They conducted market research activity in the community holding a Gulbarn tea tasting evening at the local Minyerri Community teachers house.
“The tasters really enjoyed the taste of the tea and commented on the delicious fragrant smell as it was boiling on the stove, the tea was a hit!.” states Natalie Wells ELP’s Community Builder.
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