Several key Midwest towns have played host to a number of passionate Indigenous business leaders as part of the West Australian Aboriginal Leadership Program (WAALP).
Morowa, Geraldton and Meekatharra are among towns that have hosted Indigenous leaders as part of the program designed to strengthen and empower entrepreneurs and innovators.
Program comprises of four two-day sessions, with participants led through a range of activities designed to empower Aboriginal people to be resilient and capable business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators who can support the development of emerging and existing local Aboriginal businesses.
Gail Allison, one of the participants from Wiluna, said the WAALP program had been a fantastic learning experience for all.
“The program has taught values and respect, and has changed our outlook,” Ms Allison said.
“We’ve all changed (as a result of this program), and for the better!”
Ms Allison called for the WAALP program to be rolled out in other areas, saying it provided not only significant benefits to the participants, but to the wider Indigenous communities.
Participants of the West Australian Aboriginal Leadership Program in Morowa in April.
Source: Doug Green.
The West Australian Aboriginal Leadership Program (WAALP) is a comprehensive leadership development program. Its core objectives are to strengthen Aboriginal business leaders’ capacity to drive best-practice local business development; develop skills, knowledge, confidence, motivation and networks. The program will also provide community-building networking opportunities, with participants applying their learning to a real local business activity related to their region.
The first program ran in Geraldton and other regional centres in the Mid West beginning in March 2017.
Aboriginal people from across the Mid West region who are working or engaged as a director/owner of a business, employed within a community, government or private enterprise, or volunteer for a community organisation or council were invited to nominate.
Indigenous Professional Services (IPS), a majority Indigenous owned business, has created the program for the Department of Regional Development (DRD). WAALP is one stream of a broader Royalties for Regions funded Aboriginal Governance and Leadership Development Program (AGLDP) aiming to encourage and provide opportunities for Aboriginal people to increase their participation in the State’s economy.
Further information on the program is available on the website - waalp.com.au, via Facebook or call on
0439 345 363.
IPS Director Kristal Kinsela led facilitation at the West Australian Aboriginal Leadership Program in Morowa in April.
Source: Doug Green.