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Aboriginal company first to take planning help

A MEEKATHARRA-based Aboriginal company has won WA Government support to improve its management skills and plan for future growth.

Yulella Fabrications Aboriginal Corporation is the first business to access the Client Based Business Planner Scheme.

Yulella, which employs more than forty workers, operates cement works, steel fabrication, mechanical and smash repairs, a retail outlet and a pastoral station.

The Department of Commerce and Trade will give the company $50,000 to employ a full-time business planner.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands Commission and Yulella will contribute additional funds to the project.

Yulella has already achieved considerable success since 1984 with its six enterprises providing many traineeship and community employment program opportunities for local Aboriginal people.

Commerce and Trade Minister Hendy Cowan said the scheme would help Yulella continue to make an important contribution to the Meekatharra community.

“Sound business planning is especially important in Meekatharra because the population rises and falls according to the level of mining activity in the area,” Mr Cowan said.

The program will also help Yulella restructure its enterprises and operate more effectively in the local environment so it can take advantage of opportunities for diversification and growth as they are identified.

Application kits for the Client Based Business Planner Scheme are available from the Office of Aboriginal Economic Development in the Department of Commerce and Trade.

For more information phone the Business Assistance Gateway on 9481 2525 or 1800 199 251.

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