A South Australian Aboriginal corporation is reaping early benefits of the state’s largest infrastructure project, based in Port Augusta.
Dieri Operations Pty Ltd, in collaboration with South Australian family owned Prime Traffic Solutions, has been awarded the traffic management contract for the Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication Project.
Under the contract Dieri Operations, a 100 percent-owned Indigenous business based in Port Augusta, has secured approximately 25 jobs for Aboriginal people across all language groups in the region.
Dieri Aboriginal Corporation Chairperson Kristy Dadleh said “self-sufficiency brings empowerment”.
“Today’s announcement is a very important first steps toward creating jobs and businesses for Dieri and all Aboriginal people in our region,” she said.
“Improving rates of Aboriginal employment and growth of Aboriginal business sector has a positive multiplier effect in regional Australia – delivering both economic and social value to the community.
“Jobs provide financial security for Aboriginal people and in turn improves the well-being of families and the overall health of the region.”
Dieri Operations is a subsidiary of The Dieri Aboriginal Corporation, representing approximately 1,500 registered members residing throughout Australia.
Ms Dadleh said the company will aim to keep $20 of every $100 earned from local employment, retained in the community and put back into Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses in the region.
“These projects present future pathways to employment for Aboriginal people and real opportunities for the next generation,” Ms Dadleh said.
“This project is a perfect example of what can be achieved when Aboriginal people are empowered.”
Prime Traffic Solutions Owner Sharon van Kempen said she is thrilled with the upcoming joint venture.
Ms Van Kempen said despite the downturn in the national economy due to Covid-19, local businesses are buoyed by continued public and private investment into a slew of infrastructure, construction, mining and renewable energy projects slated for the Far North.
“We are proud to partner with Dieri Operations Pty Ltd in a joint venture that not only provides jobs for Aboriginal people but all South Australians as we work our way out of the impacts of Covid-19 on the economy,” she said.
“Aboriginal businesses, such as Dieri Operations Pty Ltd provide training opportunities and use and support other Aboriginal businesses within their supply chain to invest back into their communities.”
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