Mile­stone marks a time to look back

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Waddell

Dra­mat­i­cally im­prov­ing the lives of in­dige­nous peo­ple in the re­gion for 25 years is cer­tainly no mean feat, but it is a mile­stone a highly re­garded em­ploy­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion has reached.

The Nir­rum­buk Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion has had a big im­pact in the Kim­ber­ley since its launch in 1993 by help­ing mainly in­dige­nous res­i­dents tran­si­tion into suitable work, as well as as­sist­ing with their health, cul­tural de­vel­op­ment and ex­plor­ing so­cial and eco­nomic av­enues.

De­spite the not-for-profit com­pany re­ceiv­ing lim­ited fi­nan­cial aid, it has man­aged to trans­form lives of all ages over the years and recorded a num­ber of big achieve­ments, in­clud­ing launch­ing its own train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, plumb­ing ser­vice and learn­ing cen­tre.

Part­ner­ships with sev­eral ma­jor re­source com­pa­nies and lo­cal busi­nesses have led to long-term em­ploy­ment and train­ing for lo­cal at busi­nesses in­clud­ing Shell, Sh­effield Re­sources, Broome Toy­ota and Kullari Build­ing.

NAC chief ex­ec­u­tive Joseph Grande said the 25-year land­mark was a chance to re­flect on how far the cor­po­ra­tion had come.

“In­dige­nous peo­ple are faced with a num­ber of chal­lenges, in par­tic­u­lar, em­ploy­ment and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

“Nir­rum­buk has played a sig­nif­i­cant role in train­ing peo­ple to ob­tain the nec­es­sary skills to par­tic­i­pate in the lo­cal econ­omy through em­ploy­ment and pro­vided front-line ser­vices that deal with im­me­di­ate en­vi­ron­men­tal health is­sues. We have worked with a num­ber of disen­gaged youth over the jour­ney and the most sat­is­fy­ing as­pect is see­ing th­ese guys and girls de­velop into young adults with a sense of pur­pose.”

Mr Grande said he was ex­cited to see the suc­cess of the com­pany con­tinue in the years to come.

“We are an or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­vides hope and op­por­tu­nity for those will­ing to com­mit,” he said.

“We are proud of the progress we have made and are thrilled to see what the fu­ture holds for our com­pany.

“Here’s to mak­ing an even big­ger dif­fer­ence over the next 25 years.”

We have worked with a num­ber of disen­gaged youth over the jour­ney and the most sat­is­fy­ing as­pect is see­ing th­ese guys and girls de­velop into young adults with a sense of pur­pose.

Joseph Grande

The Nir­rum­buk Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion has made a big dif­fer­ence in the Kim­ber­ley in the last 25 years.

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