Indigenous Construction Resources Group Ltd — which provides support to resource companies across Queensland, WA and the NT — is riding high after being announced WA’s Indigenous Business of the Year.
The civil, mining, maintenance and construction contractor received the honour at the recent Perth NAIDOC Awards.
The company has grown from three employees in 2011 to 209 and is regarded as one of Australia’s top Indigenous service providers, working with companies such as John Holland, BGC, Brierty and Mineral Resources and with clients including Rio Tinto, Roy Hill and FMG.
Chief Operating Officer Shane Cable said the company was humbled to receive the award, saying it would not have been possible without the commitment of its 60 percent-plus Indigenous workforce.
“We would like to particularly thank FMG which provided us with our first contracting opportunity and with which we continue to have a strong working relationship,” he said.
“We would also like to recognise the sponsor of this award, Roy Hill, who has supported ICRG’s vision. It is great achievement that we now contract to big companies and work with the community and Traditional owners of the land. We provide that link.”
Glenda Kickett, Chairperson of NAIDOC Perth, said the award recognises ICRG’s significant contribution to the Indigenous community of WA.
“ICRG’s established business model focuses on partnering and forming joint ventures with Traditional Land Owner Groups,” Ms Kickett said.
“ICRG has delivered on its commitment to create opportunities for Indigenous people to enter into the mining, civil and related industries via entry level positions. The company backs that up by creating real career pathways for employees and assisting others establish their own small contracting businesses.”
ICRG has established four joint venture companies with Traditional Owner groups and one non-Indigenous joint venture company.