Eddie wants to share his magic
By NATALIE SMITH
EDDIE Currie is preparing to share his indigenous culture with the people of the Capricorn Coast.
The 18-year-old member of the Mununjali people from Beaudesert is starting up his own business, Murri Magic Nursery.
Eddie, who moved to Yeppoon from Beaudesert with a friend earlier this year, is also a semi-finalist in the Nescafe Big Break competition, which helps young people achieve their dreams via cash grants for their proposals.
The competition, however, was not what drove Eddie to try and achieve his dream.
As a child he learned a love of plants from his grandmother and its importance to his cultural heritage.
The softly-spoken young man is the eldest of seven children and wants his brothers and sister to also eventually become involved in the business.
A local businessman has donated the use of a block of land on Byfield Road for Eddie to start cultivating plants.
"The nursery will have native plants, which are better suited to our environment and with the drought, will cope better,'' Eddie said.
"It's also part of who I am and my culture.'' Next month will signal the start of Eddie's business career, when he puts up his first Murri Magic stall as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations in Rockhampton.
Eddie wants more than a nursery. Eventually he is hoping to expand the horizons of Murri Magic into exhibiting indigenous artifacts and performing traditional dances.