Busi­ness takes off

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - FIRST RE­PORTED AT Com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d458317

SOUTH Perth Abo­rig­i­nal en­tre­pre­neur Amanda Healy is fly­ing high af­ter sign­ing an agree­ment with a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion to en­cour­age young indige­nous peo­ple to get in­volved in busi­ness.

SOUTH Perth Abo­rig­i­nal en­tre­pre­neur Amanda Healy is fly­ing high af­ter sign­ing an agree­ment with a not­for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion to en­cour­age young indige­nous peo­ple to get in­volved in busi­ness.

The agree­ment be­tween Ms Healy’s lux­ury ac­ces­sories com­pany Kir­rikin and Mid­land or­gan­i­sa­tion Ausum Ini­tia­tives will en­able young peo­ple to gain work ex­pe­ri­ence in the ar­eas of sales, mer­chan­dis­ing and pack­ag­ing.

The part­ner­ship comes af­ter Kir­rikin’s agree­ment to sup­ply be­spoke scarves to Qan­tas from Novem­ber, when two cus­tomised de­signs will be avail­able for pur­chase on de­part­ing flights from Aus­tralia as part of the air­line’s duty-free sales.

Ms Healy said she had been in­volved with Ausum Ini­tia­tives in 2012 af­ter meet­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives through the Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

“The idea be­hind the agree­ment came af­ter the Qan­tas deal. I was strug­gling to do every­thing at home and so I needed some help,” she said.

Ausum Ini­tia­tives chief ex­ec­u­tive Liz Prescott said she was thrilled with the part­ner­ship.

“It’s a real win-win for both or­gan­i­sa­tions – Ausum has the op­por­tu­nity to place at-risk youth into mean­ing­ful work place­ments, and Kir­rikin gains the ser­vices of a pro­fes­sional and well-es­tab­lished indige­nous or­gan­i­sa­tion to ser­vice the needs of its new client, Qan­tas,” she said.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Kir­rikin founder Amanda Healy, seated, with Si­donie Ma­her (16), of One Arm Point, and Tel­isha McGinty (17), of Halls Creek.

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