upCyclinc is a social enterprise that provides migrant and refugees in the Cairns region a space for upcycling and re-purposing discarded household and corporate items, including those no longer needed within the hospitality and tourism industries.
The objective of the upCyclinc project is to build a thriving environmentally sustainable, social enterprise, which provides refugee and migrant communities with pathways to employment, self-sustainability, community engagement and participation, thus reducing long-term dependency on welfare payments by providing:
Many people from CALD backgrounds arrive in Australia with existing skills and talents and over the years, Centacare FNQ has worked with many talented artisans that have been unable to find a place within the Australian economy to market their talent or craft.
Centacare FNQ has observed over 30 years of working with people from migrant and refugee backgrounds and during settlement, employment is one of their first priorities. Unfortunately, the barriers they face can lead to long-term unemployment and welfare dependency.
Barriers can include
In Cairns, more than 12% of the population were born overseas in a non-English speaking country (ABS, 2016). In the last five years, Cairns has received the highest number of permanent migrant and humanitarian arrivals (2522 people) in Regional Queensland, with over 9% of the state’s migrant intake. Cairns is also a settlement location for refugee and humanitarian entrants, with most recent arrivals coming from Bhutan, Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Centacare FNQ has developed the upCyclinc project with funding from the Department of Social Services for the next three years.