Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion today visited the Thamarrurr Development Corporation to congratulate the Wadeye organisation on their business success.
“The Coalition Government is committed to growing the Indigenous business sector – it is absolutely key to creating jobs and economic development, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in remote areas,” said Minister Scullion.
“The Thamarrurr Development Corporation has undergone tremendous growth over the last two years. They have recently taken on new building projects and continue to successfully run a construction and housing maintenance business, a motel, a mechanic workshop, the Thamarrurr Rangers and the local post office.
“Their success can be attributed to the fact that they are locally own and run and deliver services for the community of Wadeye and the broader Thamarrurr region.”
“We thank the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments for their vision and trust in supporting a locally-owned Aboriginal business,” said Tobias Nganbe, Thamarrurr Development Corporation Managing Director.
“The support we have received is allowing us to continue to grow our capacity and to provide more local jobs for local people”.
The Thamarrurr Development Corporation also run the local Community Development Programme – helping local job seekers to increase their skills and move into employment.
“The Community Development Programme has transformed remote employment service delivery and I am committed to having it delivered entirely by local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations like Thamarrurr Development Corporation,” said Minister Scullion.
Established in 2008, Thamarrurr Development Corporation is owned by members of the Wangka, Lirrga and Tjanpa peoples. The Wadeye business employs 150 people, 66% of those being local Kardu people.
“We’re proud to back this local business through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy and the Coalition’s Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP).”
Through the IPP, Thamarrurr Development Corporation have been awarded $1.29m in Australian Government contracts. In the first two years of the IPP, 956 Indigenous businesses have won $594 million in Commonwealth contracts – compared to just $6.2 million in 2012-13 under the former policies.