The capabilities of South West Aboriginal businesses were showcased on October 31 at a sundowner to mark Indigenous Business Month.
The sundowner, at the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre, was attended by about 40 Aboriginal businesses and corporates.
The event also showcased the newly formed South West Aboriginal Business Consortium. The consortium was launched in September to drive awareness and opportunities in the sector, and to promote keeping work in the South West.
IPS Director Katina Law said driving a successful Aboriginal business sector was a vital cog in self-determination and providing economic independence.
“Aboriginal businesses are 100 times more likely to employ Aboriginal people,” Ms Law said.
“The South West is on the cusp of some great opportunities, with the expansion of the lithium industry and the upcoming Bunbury Outer Ring Road project. Aboriginal businesses are keen to play their part in these opportunities.”
Indigenous Business Month is an initiative of the MURRA Indigenous Master Class Program, with a goal to promote Indigenous businesses nationally.
The event in Bunbury featured a range of local Aboriginal artists, and the sounds of Bunbury band Warangka.
Neville Councillor, Darren Thorne and Bill Bennell