Coast Aboriginals unite

LOCAL Aboriginal businesses from the Central Coast to Tweed Heads are uniting to address the high levels of unemployment and social equity issues among Aboriginal people in the region.

They are forming the Green Teams Alliance (GTA), which will be funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), and delivered by Enterprise & Training Company Ltd (ETC).

Green Teams Alliance CEO Ron Naden says the GTA is a regional partnership agreement with key stakeholders representing the community, federal and state ministers, local members and industry, to close the gap and create jobs for Aboriginal people in natural resources management.

“We have recognised that constant support and training is crucial for businesses generally to succeed and we are delighted to be working with ETC who will provide that knowledge in enterprise development, mentoring and experience to ensure our businesses thrive,” Mr Naden said.

ETC’s general manager Michael Close says the businesses that form the GTA will have a focus on landscaping, rehabilitation, conservation and bush generation and, as part of the program, will have the opportunity to undertake further training to enhance their skill base.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Aboriginal businesses to connect under the GTA with the support of the government as well as gain additional training to enhance their knowledge in small business management”, Mr Close said.

ETC has appointed Anusha Duray as its Aboriginal projects co-ordinator to deliver the project.

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