Rio, FMG aim to boost local suppliers

Iron ore miners Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group have announced initiatives designed to assist local suppliers, with Rio establishing a dedicated procurement team and FMG shortening payment terms.

Inquiry into WA Aboriginal trust

An inquiry will be held into the management of an Aboriginal trust that has claims to areas in Western Australia's mineral rich Pilbara region. 

ICRG North set for liquidation

Contractor Indigenous Construction Resource Group has suffered two setbacks, with its half-owned joint venture ICRG North expected to go into liquidation owing creditors about $4 million.

Getting Aboriginal girls back to school

A netball-based education and community initiative is helping Aboriginal girls to shoot for the stars.

Connecting the indigenous experience

Accessibility and funding are two issues that have compromised the ability of WA's Aboriginal tourism sector to satisfy unmet visitor demand.

Indigenous contractor’s time up

Ngarda Civil & Mining, a pioneering indigenous contractor that employed more than 300 people at its peak, is being wound up, though curiously the listed company that owns a 50 per cent stake is still claiming Ngarda is a big employer.

Cedar repositions Gumala for growth

40under40: First Amongst Equals winner Jahna Cedar has built a career blending her business acumen and indigenous heritage.

Cedar named 40under40 First Amongst Equals

Gumala Aboriginal Corporation executive officer Jahna Cedar has been named the 2017 Business News 40under40 First Amongst Equals, taking the top honour ahead an impressive field of Western Australia's young business and community leaders. 

Programmed in indigenous jobs committment

Employment provider Programmed hopes to increase the number of indigenous employees in the national workforce by 5,000 within a decade, the company said at an announcement with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Generation One founder Andrew Forrest in Canberra today.

Indigenous contractor signs third deal this year

Indigenous Construction Resource Group has diversified its business by purchasing consulting group NANA Australia, the local offshoot of a giant Alaskan native corporation.

ICRG wins Roy Hill work

Indigenous contractor Guma ICRG has won a contract for work at Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill iron ore mine in the Pilbara for an undisclosed amount.

Sandalwood refinery boost for Goldfields

A new sandalwood oil processing facility has been opened in the Goldfields.

Startup bent for indigenous jobs

Initiatives to encourage indigenous entrepreneurship such as accelerators, incubators and a government-backed venture capital fund were part of a suite of policies recommended by KPMG at the recent Indigenous Business, Enterprise and Corporations Conference held at the University of Western Australia.

McGlinn finishes ICRG role

Western Australia's largest indigenous contractor has parted ways with chief executive Jeff McGlinn, less than a year after the former NRW Holdings boss was lured out of retirement.

Indigenous contractor into liquidation

Guildford-based BYAC Contracting has been placed into liquidation after losing a long-running contract at the Murrin Murrin nickel project and failing to establish itself as a training provider.

Pilbara downturn hits indigenous corporations

Indigenous corporations in Western Australia have experienced a fall in average income for the first time in five years, though the state's largest Aboriginal corporations, listed in the BNiQ Search Engine, have defied the downturn.

Court ruling opens up native title claims

A Federal Court ruling that was the first ever assessment of native title compensation in Australia is expected to lead to more claims by Aboriginal groups.

Shortlist for sandalwood contracts

A subsidiary of TFS Corporation and a joint venture between a Melbourne oils producer and a local indigenous business have been shortlisted for wild sandalwood oil processing contracts with the state government.

ICRG named indigenous business of the year

Welshpool-based Indigenous Construction Resource Group has been named 2016 business of the year at the Perth NAIDOC Awards.

ICRG gets new chair, owners

Western Australia's largest indigenous contractor has elected a new chairman and confirmed plans to lift both Aboriginal ownership and Aboriginal participation on its board.