The electorate of Stuart is seeing some very positive developments in Indigenous economic development in remote bush communities.
A great initiative has been established to address business growth impediments facing three Indigenous businesses in the middle of the Northern Territory. An alliance has been formed supported by two passionate veterans of business Greg Kimpton (NLC Liaison Officer for Bradshaw) and John Jansen (North Australian Rural Management Consultants) to support the businesses in a coordinated way to assist them in attracting larger contracts.
The three business MTP Contractor from Corella Creek, Triple P Contracting from Elliott and Bradshaw and Timber Creek Contracting and Resource Company from Timber Creek are meeting in Katherine this Saturday to collect their new equipment purchased through an IBA grant and to discuss the future of their businesses .Minister Price will be there to meet them and hear their news.
John Jansen says ‘Individually the businesses have specific expertise and are well established ‘on their patch’. They have enough equipment to deliver their core services. They each have 100% indigenous employment and are keen to continue this; however, the idea of combining resources, employees and knowledge has enabled the three businesses in the North Barkly and the Victoria River regions to successfully compete for larger contracts. By operating across a larger footprint will ultimately provide more Indigenous employment.’
Minister Price, the member for Stuart, where all three businesses are operating is very excited about the progress of the alliance. “ This kind of economic development is exactly what we have been striving for as a government and to see the success of these three Aboriginal owned business is validation that what we are doing is working. The range of practical support given to the business owners so far has improved their capacity to grow their individual businesses and ultimately employ, upskill and retain local Indigenous jobseekers, many of whom are LTUE jobseekers has been very successful.
The Member for Stuart Minister Bess Nungarrayi Price, said “The alliance has given us confidence as a government that these Indigenous business are capable, reliable and serious about undertaking government contracts. This is a growth area in the bush and as the member for Stuart I am very proud that this Indigenous business model is being established in my electorate. ‘