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Aboriginal JV

Thomas Murujuga JV PTY LTD

Thomas Building and Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation have recently formed a joint venture to undertake projects in the Karratha region. This joint venture company is owned 51% by Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and 49% by Thomas Building. The day-to-day management of the JV is undertaken by Thomas Building.

The objectives of the joint venture are:

  • Generate revenue streams for the respective shareholders and local members.
  • Commit to Aboriginal employment, cultural education and training initiatives such as the employment of Aboriginal apprentices resulting in real jobs for young Aboriginals with ongoing employment opportunities.
  • Satisfaction of putting something back into the community.
  • Qualify for and attract semi-governments co-investments and building projects.

Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation is a significant Aboriginal Corporation with assets and investments in the Pilbara. It was established in 2006 by the three contracting groups to the BMIEA, being Ngarluma/Yindjibarndi, Yaburar/Mardudhunera and the Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo people which in turn represent the language groups. MAC is responsible for ensuring that the benefits arising from the BMIEA are distributed equitably among its members.

ABORIGINAL EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVES

Thomas Building has had extensive experience in working with Aboriginal apprentices and commit where possible to working with local training organisations to ensure a successful Aboriginal employment program is achieved.

The Directors and senior management team have extensive experience working in Aboriginal communities including Mowanjum and Bidga Danga, as well as Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation in Karratha, IBN Corporation in South Hedland and a major Government Housing project in Kununurra.

Case Study: Kununurra State Government Housing

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Thomas Building's site supervisor Dave Thomas has had extensive previous experience with Rapley Wilkinson (formerly owned by Thomas Building Manager Director Alan Thomas) working in Kununurra on 30 houses for the State Government. The Federal Government provided an incentive for employment of Aboriginal apprentices.

Kimberley Group Training (KGT) was the sponsored apprenticeship assistance/liaison agency that managed the process. KGT chose the candidates suitable for each position made available by the subcontractor. The apprentices could choose any trade whether it was apprenticeship standard or otherwise. Each week KGT would liaise on site with the Aboriginal apprentices and subcontractors to ensure any issues were resolved, they were at work, and being paid.