Banner L-R: Trevor Tann (WSP), Amanda Healy (Kirrikin)
We are pleased to continue to support the NAIDOC Committee in recognising Indigenous businesses who have made significant contributions to the community. Our commitments through our Reconciliation Action Plan includes involving Indigenous communities in infrastructure projects and stimulating growth for local Indigenous businesses to help create strong and culturally respectful relationships with their people and connection to the land.
This year's NAIDOC Week theme is: "Voice. Treaty. Truth – Let's work together for a shared future". It recognises the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices of this country that are over 65,000 years old.
Congratulations to the 2019 NAIDOC Perth Business of Year winner, Kirrikin, a luxury resortwear brand featuring artworks of contemporary Indigenous Australian artists.
Trevor Tann, WSP’s Principal Consultant and Project Director of the Remote Essential and Municipal Services Program in Western Australia (WA) says, “Empowering Indigenous Australian communities and giving them a voice is critical for future generations, and the need to create respectful relationships that promote growth for Indigenous Australian businesses are for the benefit of a shared future.
“It is great to recognise and support businesses such as Kirrikin and Benang Energy (runner-up) as it empowers and strengthens connections with Indigenous communities. Successful Indigenous owned businesses provide significant outcomes for the business owners and play a key role in furthering local employment opportunities.
“Our team in WA works closely with three regionally based Indigenous businesses in delivering essential repairs and maintenance services for power, water and wastewater infrastructure to remote Aboriginal communities across the state and we are keen to build on these opportunities,” he added.
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