- Bama Civil is successfully delivering contracts on the Peninsula Development Road, showing the way ahead for Indigenous involvement in infrastructure projects.
- Bama has won two contracts totalling over $10 million – 40 per cent (16 jobs) have gone to Indigenous workers and up to $5 million is expected to be spent with Indigenous suppliers.
- These job and business outcomes show what is possible with Indigenous engagement in infrastructure projects more generally.
The Coalition Government is embedding Indigenous participation requirements in major infrastructure projects as part of its drive to stimulate economic development in remote communities.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion yesterday visited roadworks near Musgrave River, Cape York that are being completed by Bama Enterprises, an Indigenous business, on the Peninsula Development Road.
“Bama has won two contracts totalling over $10 million. So far, 40 per cent of works have been completed by Indigenous workers and up to $5 million is expected to be spent with Indigenous suppliers. This is a great outcome for Bama and the Indigenous businesses more broadly,” Minister Scullion said.
“The opportuninities provided to Bama are part of a broader picture of jobs and small business opportunities on the Peninsula Development Road, which has seen 54 per cent of the workforce been Indigenous and 27 Indigenous businesses involved.
“The dignity of work is the very best form of welfare that the Government has to offer, but unfortunately for many Indigenous Australians in remote communities there are few opportunities to start a get a job or start a small business.
“By embedding Indigenous participation requirements in infrastructure projects, the Coalition Government is not only improve connectivity in these communities but leave a lasting legacy of jobs and skills.
This new approach builds on the success of the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) which has taken Commonwealth purchasing from $6.2 million in 2012-13 to over $1.084 billion since the IPP began in July 2015. The in turn has led to a 30 per cent increase in the size of the Indigenous business sector.
“Indigenous employment and supplier-use targets are now being applied to Commonwealth funded infrastructure projects, for example the Government’s City Deals in Western Sydney and Townsville and the remote and regional roads such as those funded under the Northern Australia White Paper.”