Regional Economic Solutions (RES) supports companies to build strong and lasting relationships with First Nations communities
We facilitate two-way understanding between project proponent and First Nations and community stakeholder contexts to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes for all parties in a timely manner.
Expertise across the whole project
In addition to providing lived experience as a majority-owned First Nations business, RES has the corporate governance, quality assurance and project management experience to provide the delivery certainty corporations require.
This strength is underpinned by RES’s partnership with global engineering services company, Ausenco. RES provides value-adding services for the duration of projects, supporting companies to create vibrant, inclusive and resilient work environments that embrace the pursuit of social, economic and cultural equity. We work with all parties to understand and identify opportunities through every project phase.
Carrapateena - Connecting a mine and a community
Regional Economic Solutions’ (RES) scope in the Carrapateena Copper-Gold Project included engagement services, cultural heritage and cultural awareness, construction staffing and support.
Learn how the RES team, as part of the Ausenco Downer Joint Venture, brought together mining company OZ Minerals and the Traditional Owners and First Nations community on the $320 million
Effectively engaging for successful outcomes
RES Directors Leann Wilson and Mal Meninga understand business, government, and commercial drivers, and are widely respected in First Nations communities.
Businesses along with government are acknowledging that their most successful projects’ profitability has stemmed from working closely with the Traditional owners and broader community stakeholders.
Investing in strong relationships, respecting rights to self-determination and involving First Nations people in the co-design of project and community solutions is bringing strong returns.
Understanding brings robust and collaborative dialogue, which promotes curiosity, innovation and creativity. This in turn leads to sustainable solutions for communities and agreed project outcomes in an environment of humanity and trust.
Leann Wilson, RES Managing Director
Project and community compatibility
RES has a track record of helping corporate and community goals to be achieved simultaneously during projects.
We foster commercial relationships to maximise the involvement of First Nations contractors, employees, and other local businesses, in each project. We also have proven success in identifying employment opportunities and if necessary, upgrading skill sets for the project.
RES helps set the strategy for projects, working closely with the project owner and the Traditional Owners to deliver on the agreements in place. We also work with the broader First Nations and other community stakeholders to deliver on agreements in place. RES engages as an impartial broker and facilitates success for all parties.
Core RES services bring value to a project
RES’s core project services include:
- cultural agility training
- work readiness programs
- business start-up support and mentoring
- project management and contract management
- recruitment and retention strategies
- project risk assessments
- Support the implementation of Indigenous agreements and corporate social responsibility plans
- Supporting the development reconciliation action plans.
Leann Wilson and the team from RES have worked closely with Origin on developing a strategic framework for enhancing our approach to indigenous engagement including identification of the key strategic issues. This work laid a good foundation for development of initiatives, programs and engagement strategies that will enhance Origin’s capability to engage with key indigenous stakeholders. RES also facilitated information workshops to Origin staff on cultural awareness, native title and cultural heritage. These workshops were well received by staff and allowed greater understanding of key issues.
Fraser Power, Manager, Stakeholder Advocacy Stakeholder Relations, Origin Energy APLNG
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