Meet our Aboriginal participation team

Providing better, more sustainable employment and business participation opportunities leading to positive outcomes.

Published: 20 July 2021, Updated: 20 July 2021

We strive to engage Indigenous communities and provide a pathway for Aboriginal businesses to help shape the future of transport in WA. Leading the way is our Aboriginal participation team who help facilitate increased Aboriginal participation in our projects and maintenance contracts.

The team is charged with developing effective strategies to provide opportunities for Aboriginal businesses, suppliers and peoples across the state.

Dennis Kickett - Principal Advisor Aboriginal Engagement

Dennis leads the team and brings with him extensive experience in Aboriginal engagement. He has traditional ties to the people from the Ballardong and Whadjuk language groups.

Stephen Grech - Senior Advisor Aboriginal Business Engagement

Responsible for supporting large scale contracts, Stephen engages with Aboriginal businesses to deliver contracted services throughout regional WA. Through a combination of his work history and education, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the team.

Michelle Forrest - Senior Advisor Aboriginal Employment Participation

Michelle provides specialist advice and support for indirect employment opportunities through our major projects. A proud Wangkatha woman, Michelle cares not only about Aboriginal opportunities, but employee retention for Aboriginal peoples.

Brenton Turner - Senior Advisor Aboriginal Business Engagement

Brenton is passionate about maximising and facilitating the growth of Aboriginal participation across METRONET projects. He provides strategic advice to contractors to improve training and employment opportunities.

Connie McDonagh - Aboriginal Engagement Advisor

Connie is the point of contact with Aboriginal businesses for delivery of works, and the supply of goods and services to Main Roads.

Jaime-Rose Smith - Business Support Officer Aboriginal Engagement

Jaime-Rose is the administrative backbone of the team providing budgeting and expenditure support and collating various KPI reports to keep us on track and ensure we meet our Aboriginal participation targets.

News - Dennis Kickett team photo.png

Back row left to right: Connie McDonagh, Brenton Turner, Stephen Grech. Front row left to right: Jaime-Rose Smith, Dennis Kickett and Michelle Forrest.

We are also lucky to have Marion Chalker as our Aboriginal Employment and Diversity Advisor. Marion has an infectious enthusiasm for progressing initiatives, plans and framework that benefit her Aboriginal community and our Reconciliation journey. She is dedicated and focused on direct employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with Main Roads.

News - Marion Chalker AEDA.jpg

We’re excited to have these teams steer our efforts to provide better, more sustainable employment and business participation opportunities leading to positive outcomes.

If you’re interested in receiving updates on our journey to embrace Aboriginal cultures and improve opportunities you can subscribe now!

Back to News and media

Subscribe for
updates

Subscribe to our email list for updates on our journey to embrace Aboriginal cultures and improve opportunities for Aboriginal peoples and businesses

Subscribe

Acknowledgement of country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

Tell us what you think

Help us improve our website by sharing your thoughts and suggestions.

Provide feedback