Leann Wilson, General Manager, Regional Economic Solutions (RES) and members of the Ausenco team including Craig Adcock, General Manager, Business Development and Eric Danzi, Project Manager, Program Management, recently attended a workshop on ‘Successful Indigenous Joint Ventures in the Resource Sector’ followed by a ‘Meet the Buyer Forum and Networking Event’ at the Ridges Hotel in Gladstone.
More than 70 people from Indigenous businesses, non-Indigenous contractors and resources companies including procurement practitioners and Indigenous relations staff, attended the workshop which explored how Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses can successfully joint venture to win work in the Queensland’s resources sector. Heath Nelson, from Fortescue Metals Group Ltd, was among a number of presenters on the day who showcased successful Indigenous/non-Indigenous joint ventures. In addition to the profilingof successful case studies, the workshop also provided expert advice on the legal, financial and practical aspects of joint venturing.
The workshop was followed by a ‘Meet the Buyer Forum and Networking Event’ which connected resource sector procurement practitioners with Indigenous businesses in a speed networking format. The event provided the opportunity for 28 Indigenous businesses to have one on one meeting with 11 resource sector companies to consider their products and services, identify any potential contracting opportunities and develop ongoing business relationships.
The event was hosted in partnership by the MoU to Increase Indigenous Participation in the Queensland Resources Sector, the Queensland Departments of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs (DATSIMA), Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), the Black Business Finder and Supply Nation.