In 2005, the Honourable, Matt Foley, former Minister for Employment, Training and Youth and Minister for the Arts officially opened the IKC at the Cherbourg State School. The IKC was co-located in the School’s library. The library was staffed by Maynard Heap, the School’s Teacher/Librarian.
In 2016, the IKC was relocated to its current location and reopened during NAIDOC Week. The opening was attended by family members of Winifred Fisher who paid tribute to her and spoke of her legacy. To read more about this tribute, please visit: https://southburnett.com.au/news2/2016/07/06/centre-salutes-a-passion-for-education/
Cherbourg, formerly known as Barambah, is located on the traditional lands of the Wakka Wakka people in the South Burnett district. Cherbourg began as Barambah Settlement in 1901 by the Salvation Army Missionary William J Thompson on the banks of Barambah Creek. The Queensland Government took control of the settlement in March 2004.
The IKC was named after the late Winifred Fisher, a local Wakka Wakka woman who was a teacher at Cherbourg State School. Winifred had a passion for education and teaching Cherbourg children. She used to run a library in the back of the old Welfare Hall.
The IKC is owned and operated by Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council (CASC). Council employs two staff member, Martina Jacobs, IKC Manager, who oversees the operations, develops programs and services with the assistance of Sophia Jacobs, IKC Coordinator.
The staff are credited with the successful delivery of the Deadly Digital Communities Program and a playgroup that operates from the IKC for 0-5 year olds.
The IKC is also used as a safe community hub for many visiting government and non-government services to deliver training and support to local community members.