- Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation successfully repaid its $6 million loan to fund infrastructure development at the Djarindjin airport.
- Djarindjin airport is fully staffed and managed by local Aboriginal workers.
- The airport is a vital link for natural gas projects in the Browse Basin.
- The airport supports passenger transfers with The Royal Flying Doctor Service.
An Indigenous business success story, the Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation has achieved 100% ownership of the Djarindjin Airport, guaranteeing jobs and flow on economic opportunities for local communities for generations to come.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, joined Senator Pat Dodson in Djarindjin today to congratulate the Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation on their successful partnership with the Broome International Airport to develop and operate the only airport of its kind on the Dampier Peninsula.
“Djarindjin’s success is an example of Indigenous corporations operating successfully and profitably in today’s economy, and building on a renewed culture of entrepreneurialism in Indigenous communities.
“This is truly a one of a kind airport in Australia – not only is it fully staffed and managed by local Aboriginal workers – but it is also one of only a handful of civilian airports in the country with a world class hot refuelling service for helicopters,” Minister Scullion said.
The Djarindjin airport project commenced in 2010 as a partnership with Broome International Airport to service the offshore Liquefied Natural Gas projects in the Browse Basin.The airport also serves as an important asset to all surrounding communities by facilitating passenger transfers of The Royal Flying Doctor Service.
“This project is a perfect example of what corporate Australia can achieve in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, businesses and individuals to improve their access to capital, high quality business advice and ultimately employment opportunities.”