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Whittens wins Pilgangoora work

Local construction company Whittens has won a $10 million contract for work on Pilbara Minerals’ Pilgangoora lithium project.

$38m native title deal for Hedland

The state government and the Kariyarra people have signed an agreement that will enable existing and future expansion of Port Hedland's port and development of residential land in South Hedland.

Indigenous JVs win $6m in work

Two indigenous business joint ventures have been awarded a combined $5.9 million worth of contracts in the Pilbara.

Sheffield launches Aboriginal work program

Sheffield Resources has launched an indigenous employment program for its Thunderbird mineral sands project near Derby, as it deals with an appeal by a local Aboriginal group against recent project approvals.

Indigenous research success shows value of a good yarn

The impact of a WA initiative that empowers young Aboriginal women was recently showcased at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education.

Northern Minerals to set up indigenous work program

Northern Minerals has received backing from the federal government for an $8.1 million Aboriginal training-to-work program at its Browns Range project in the Kimberley.

Gumala takes ex-CEO to court

Gumala Aboriginal Corporation is taking legal action against its former chief executive, Steve Mav, for allegedly breaching his duties while he was at the helm of the indigenous group.

$100m-plus for indigenous businesses

Fortescue Metals Group, Chevron and Rio Tinto have announced six new deals with indigenous businesses and charities, with the winners including Pilbara contractor Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Enterprises and Perth stationery supplier Kulbardi.

Diverse opportunities for indigenous businesses

SPECIAL REPORT: Indigenous businesses across WA are pursuing opportunities across a range of areas from mining and agriculture, to hospitality.

Yagahong Alliance into positive territory

SPECIAL REPORT: A joint venture between a major contractor in the Mid West and a traditional owner group has been many years in the making.

Support for indigenous accommodation at UWA

The state and federal governments have announced a $12.8 million grant to build custom-designed indigenous accommodation at St Catherine’s College at the University of Western Australia.

Pilbara tourism hub for indigenous group

Indigenous employment group Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation is continuing its push into hospitality and tourism, unveiling plans to develop a tourism hub at Cossack, a historic ghost town located around 15 kilometres from Roebourne.

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.

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.

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