Jobs Events Advertise

BHP reveals bumper spending boost for Indigenous companies on WA iron ore assets

Tom Zaunmayr -

BHP's WA iron ore business will more than double its spend with Indigenous companies to more than $300m in the next two years.

The goal would see at least an extra $173m spent above the $137m target set this financial year, which has so far been shared among 70 Indigenous vendors.

The announcement was made by BHP WA iron ore asset president Brandon Craig in Newman as the miner signed a $9.2m contract with Nyiyaparli-owned Karlka FenceWright for 5km of fencing around six residential villages near Newman.

BHP reaches Indigenous recruitment goal early, eyes new targets

Tjiwarl people land 'milestone' deal on BHP clean energy contract

The panels will be manufactured locally, with many featuring artwork from Nyiyaparli Ender Victor Parker.

Mr Craig said the partnership with Karlka was one of many the miner wanted to build.

"BHP wants to do much more to build sustainable, profitable and enduring partnerships with Indigenous businesses across our operations, and we are working hard at all levels of BHP to make this happen," he said.

Nyiyaparli Elder Victor Parker.

"Contracts like this support the growth of Indigenous enterprise and innovation, and create

new opportunities for those businesses to support their own communities â€" something

Indigenous business does best."

Up to 80 people will be employed by Karlka on this project which began in April, at least 15 per cent of whom will be Indigenous.

WA Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston MLA congratulated BHP for the funding commitment.

"I'd encourage other mining companies to look at opportunities to connect with local

Aboriginal businesses," he said.

Recent contracts awarded to Indigenous businesses include a five-year deal with Kingkira for road sweeping, a crushed ore recovery deal with Ngurrura and a waste management contract with Palyku joint venture North West Alliance

   Related   

CSIRO grant helps blend Aboriginal traditions with agricultural innovation
In a fusion of Indigenous wisdom and cutting-edge technology, Darryl Lyons, a respected Maiawali man, and inventor Mic Bla...
Zak Kirkup 1 Mar 2024
Court finds Youpla misrepresented itself as an Aboriginal-owned or managed company
The collapsed funeral fund Youpla misrepresented itself as Aboriginal owned or managed, the full Federal Court ruled on Thursday...
Dechlan Brennan 29 Feb 2024
Clean energy toolkit launched to drive sustainable development
In a year-long effort, the recently unveiled Community Energy Planning Toolkit presents a seven-step guide for First Nations com...
Joseph Guenzler 29 Feb 2024
Warren Mundine "confident" copper explorer Fuse can hit float target despite $1.5 million gap
Warren Mundine says he is confident the minerals exploration company he chairs is on track to raise the minimum $6 million requi...
David Prestipino 29 Feb 2024

   Tom Zaunmayr   

Roebourne's emerging business scene recognised at annual Pilbara awards ceremony
Ieraramagardu's (Roebourne) burgeoning local economic scene has been recognised at the largest annual Pilbara business awards....
Tom Zaunmayr 9 Nov 2022
Leading news role opens up as National Indigenous Times eyes further east coast growth
A rare opportunity to play a leading editorial role in a rapidly expanding news organisation has been created at the National In...
Tom Zaunmayr 8 Nov 2022
Know an emerging leader in your community? Nominate them for WA's Young Achiever Awards
West Australians are being urged to nominate young Indigenous champions who have made a difference to their community for a majo...
Tom Zaunmayr 4 Nov 2022
A family and a team - Badu Island rugby league outfit playing for more than pride and trophies
Badu Island may be a speck on the Australian landscape, but at the Mackay Indigenous Rugby League Carnival, a Zenadth Kes (Torre...
Tom Zaunmayr 3 Nov 2022