Busi­nesses urged to col­lab­o­rate with tra­di­tional own­ers

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Waddell

Small busi­ness own­ers and ma­jor cor­po­ra­tions have been urged to work closely with tra­di­tional own­ers when un­der­tak­ing new projects in the re­gion.

Sen­a­tor Pat Dod­son, Nyamba Buru Yawuru chief ex­ec­u­tive Pe­ter Yu, MG Corp chief ex­ec­u­tive Al­lan Wedderburn and Kool­ja­man chair­woman Rosanna An­gus were in­vited to present at last week’s Kim­ber­ley Eco­nomic Fo­rum and their mes­sage was a sim­ple and united one — work to­gether.

Dur­ing the Work­ing To­gether with Tra­di­tional Own­ers ses­sion, the four each spoke about their val­ues and mis­sion and how col­lab­o­ra­tion could ben­e­fit the re­gion.

Mr Dod­son said in­creased co­he­sion would make it eas­ier to con­vince the Govern­ment to fund ini­tia­tives that help build so­cial cap­i­tal and pro­vide eco­nomic ben­e­fit.

“There are many ex­am­ples of how you may ne­go­ti­ate with na­tive ti­tle hold­ers to ac­com­mo­date your in­ter­ests,” he said.

Mr Dod­son said there was a per­cep­tion that na­tive ti­tle and ten­ure was a source of con­tention, but it did not have to be that way.

He said the Djarind­jin Air­port was a per­fect ex­am­ple of col­lab­o­ra­tion, which saw the Broome In­ter­na­tional Air­port es­tab­lish a hub in the Djarind­jin com­mu­nity to ser­vice the oil and gas in­dus­try.

“That kind of thing is very en­cour­ag­ing, es­pe­cially be­cause they bor­rowed $6 mil­lion and paid it back in record time.”

Mr Yu said na­tive ti­tle groups played a strong role in the co­he­sion and had to ad­dress is­sues such as ac­ti­vat­ing the eco­nomic value of the land, while best sup­port­ing the the na­tion’s first peo­ple.

Sim­i­lar to NBY, Mr Wedderburn said it was im­por­tant for MG Corp to fo­cus on an eco­nomic plan, while re­main­ing true to cul­ture.

He said the cor­po­ra­tion was com­mit­ted to prov­ing that na­tive ti­tle was not some­thing busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions should be afraid of.

“We are well and truly open for busi­ness and it is im­por­tant for us to get that mes­sage across.”

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