The South West Catchments Council (SWCC) has reinforced its commitment to diversity and Closing the Gap in Indigenous disadvantage in employment and business, having recently become a member of Supply Nation.
Becoming a member of Supply Nation and having access to their Indigenous Business Directory will assist SWCC to develop further opportunities for Aboriginal people in environmental management in the South West, both within its workforce and procurement processes.
SWCC has a strong history of project initiatives involving Aboriginal people, engaging the community in cross-cultural awareness, building capacity in Aboriginal organisations and directly employing Aboriginal people. A Reconciliation Action Plan is also being developed, to further cement and guide SWCC’s approach.
SWCC CEO Damien Postma said, “SWCC is committed to real and tangible opportunities for Noongar people in environmental management careers and businesses and to Closing the Gap in Indigenous disadvantage in this space. We are also committed to ongoing employment of Aboriginal key staff to undertakes SWCC business and to collaborating with Aboriginal stakeholders, from project design right through to delivery.”
Supply Nation Chief Executive Officer, Ms Laura Berry, said “We are delighted to welcome the South West Catchments Council into the Supply Nation community and look forward to working with them to develop their supplier diversity footprint. The measure of our collective success will be in the value of transactions between South West Catchments Council and Indigenous businesses”.
Supply Nation connects its membership to Indigenous suppliers to build a vibrant and prosperous Indigenous business sector by incorporating Indigenous owned businesses into the supply chain of Australian companies and government agencies.
Supply Nation’s mission is to facilitate, encourage and promote business between corporate Australia and Government agencies and Indigenous owned businesses.
SWCC hopes to continue to build on the work done in previous years to facilitate Aboriginal employment and business opportunities through future project work.
This initiative is supported by the South West Catchments Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.