Achievements of Aboriginal peoples and businesses

Read about the achievements of Aboriginal peoples and businesses working on our projects and in our regions.

Published: 09 November 2020, Updated: 09 November 2020

Keeping the Wheatbelt litter-free

Helping keep WA beautiful is 100 per cent Aboriginal owned business, Maarli Services, who collect litter along the highways in the Wheatbelt region.

Our team caught up with Neil and Peter from Maarli while they were out on the road. In less than two kilometres, they had already collected 10 bags of litter!

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Drivers often wave, toot their horns and get on their two-way radio to let them know they are doing a good job. Neil said he has come across a snake before, however Peter has had better luck – once finding a $50 note! Their great work ethic and commitment to the role ensures the Wheatbelt is kept litter free.

Help keep WA beautiful by disposing of your rubbish correctly. If the bin is full on your travels, hold onto it until you find one that has space.

A family affair 

Local Nyul Nyul man, Albert Clifton left his mining job in the Pilbara to be closer to his family and joined the Broome Cape Leveque Road project team.

Albert set up Warrimbah Watercart Services, providing water for the project. His wife Renee helped set up the business and now manages the bookkeeping.

“The project gives Indigenous people opportunity to work and to have businesses on the project and to work on country. My watercart business is something that I feel comfortable I can do, with the right people to guide me at work. It is an amazing project because very rarely do you get projects like this, which is so big and with so many Indigenous people working on it - different ages, young people, and people with more experience.” - Albert Clifton, Warrimbah Watercart Services.

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Employment pathways

Aboriginal graduates from Martu-ku Yiwarra Training Centre were part of a new pilot project to seal a five-kilometre stretch of Goldfields Highway between Wiluna and Meekatharra.

The Martu workers took part in comprehensive training at the centre, designed to provide employment pathways in the road construction industry.

Key stakeholders in the Wiluna area were engaged to plan the delivery of the upgrade, and maximise local Aboriginal business and employment opportunities.

Building blocks to success

Working together was key in the successful construction of the noise wall on Murdoch Drive Connection project. Local Aboriginal contractor Arra Group collaborated with the Alliance to provide opportunities and up-skill young Aboriginal workers.

“Some of these young people wouldn’t have the opportunity for employment in this space if it wasn’t for the joint venture. It is more than just a target; it is about having a true commitment towards improving the circumstances of Aboriginal peoples. This project is testament to how we can bring about those goals.” – John Mallard, MRIA Aboriginal Participation Manager.

Hear more from the project team and crew in our video.

Read more about these stories, plus more, in our Aboriginal Participation Bulletin.
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