Pro­gram to bol­ster Abo­rig­i­nal en­ter­prise

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Zoe Keenan

A new pro­gram will sup­port new and ex­ist­ing Abo­rig­i­nal busi­ness­peo­ple and com­bat low lev­els of eco­nomic par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Gold­fields.

The Gold­fields-Esper­ance Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion will in­tro­duce an Abo­rig­i­nal Busi­ness Lead­er­ship Pro­gram early next year.

The three-month pro­gram will of­fer cur­rent or emerg­ing Abo­rig­i­nal busi­ness­peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive lead­er­ship train­ing and men­tor­ship to de­velop in­di­vid­ual busi­nesses or ini­tia­tives.

GEDC act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Kris Starce­vich said the pro­gram would be a driv­ing force in chang­inf at­ti­tudes in the com­mu­nity and em­brac­ing Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in busi­ness.

“Eco­nomic par­tic­i­pa­tion for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in the Gold­fields is low and the re­gion ex­pe­ri­ences low lev­els of en­gage­ment with Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple by em­ploy­ers,” he said.

“The pro­gram will em­power Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple to be re­silient and ca­pa­ble busi­ness lead­ers.

“It will sup­port new and ex­ist­ing busi­nesses to thrive and grow and change the per­cep­tions within the com­mu­nity.”

Emerg­ing Abo­rig­i­nal busi­ness­peo­ple re­ceive tai­lored men­tor­ing through the pro­gram to de­velop a spe­cific busi­ness project or ini­tia­tive.

“Ini­tia­tives such as this will as­sist the com­mu­nity to em­brace Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple as em­ploy­ees, clients or busi­ness sup­pli­ers, ad­vanc­ing ac­cep­tance and di­ver­sity in the work­place,” Mr Starce­vich said.

Gold­fields busi­nesses will as­sist in the devel­op­ment of the pro­gram and the GEDC has been in dis­cus­sions with lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions, which have shown in­ter­est in the pro­gram. The pro­gram has been suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented in the South West and Mid West re­gions.

Busi­nesses and peo­ple in­ter­ested in the pro­gram can con­tact the GEDC on 9080 5000 or visit the web­site at gedc.wa.gov.au.

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