Joint venture a jobs boost

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The Kimberley’s indigenous workforce is set to travel far and wide for major job opportunities after the announcement of a new joint venture between two renowned organisations in the region.

H&M Tracey Construction, owned and operated by Shire of Broome president Harold Tracey, has teamed up with Nyamba Buru Yawuru, to create Indent, which aims to increase indigenous participation in trades and services across regional communities.

It is understood the organisation will be based in Broome, but will contract for commercial and government work throughout the State. It is in the process of tendering for new construction projects.

Mr Tracey, who will also take on the role of director at Indent, said he looked forward to seeing the organisation create growth and opportunity across a “broad spectrum” of jobs.

“Indent is well positioned to meet market needs as the WA economy picks up,” he said.

“We anticipate investment in regional infrastructure that will require legitimate engagement with indigenous businesses.

“Our continuing focus on indigenous training and apprenticeships should put us in a competitive position and we look forward to a busy 2018.”

Also in the position of director is Jill Rudeforth, who said the agreement “represents an important milestone”. “(It is) a live example of collaboration that will drive the growth of indigenous economic capacity,” she said.

Indent will target the Federal Government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy, which requires government departments to deliver 3 per cent of their goods and services contracts to indigenous businesses.

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