Ngarliyarndu Bindirri Aboriginal Corporation are one of the 27 business that have benefited from assistance under the Local Capability Fund rounds targeting Aboriginal businesses since 2018.
General Manager Franciois Longlois said buying gardening and plant equipment with the funding had helped the Pilbara corporation grow.
“Absolutely, it’s enabled us to change the way we deliver our services and go for different contracts,” he said.
“We’ve got a few government jobs and a few smaller private ones as well.
“The funding has also helped us improve our equipment.”
Mr Longlois said the grant had also meant the corporation could employ a number of local Aboriginal people.
“We have been able to increase our staff by around eight to 10 people,” he said.
“This also means we are more efficient with our work.”
Kalgoorlie-based Kai Rho Contracting are another regional Aboriginal-owned business that are making inroads as the result of LCF support.
Director Rowena Leslie said the funding allowed the business to buy tools and equipment and provide valuable training for staff.
“The funding means we can do maintenance on our machinery, so we don’t have to fly people in to do the work,” she said.
“It also keeps our business reliable and means we minimise the downtime.
“And because of the training we are much better at budgeting around the smaller jobs.”
Ms Leslie said one of the biggest achievements of their mining and civil works business was its ability to create job opportunities for Aboriginal workers in the region.
“That’s what I got into this business for…to break down those barriers and give job opportunities for the local Aboriginal people,” she said.
“We know their background and history and we can back them in to do the job.”
Run by the department’s Industry Link team, the Local Capability Fund assists local businesses to improve their capability and competitiveness to supply goods, services and works to the government, major projects and other important markets.
The fund provides eligible businesses with up to $20,000 in dollar-for-dollar funding to assist them to prepare for work on projects.