The Far West Coast Investments (FWCI) group was delighted to take out the 2018 Indigenous Business of the Year award at the inaugural AEMEE (Aboriginal Enterprises in Mining, Energy and Exploration) Resource Sector Awards in Western Australia last month.
AEMEE introduced the awards this year to highlight the success of Indigenous businesses which service and support the resource sector.
The awards were presented at the 14th annual AEMEE Conference in Fremantle in three major categories, with FWCI claiming an award along with MOEC and Rio Tinto.
Attending the conference and awards ceremony for FWCI were directors April Lawrie, Sandra Miller and Emily Ware.
Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation chief executive officer Ljuba Mojovic said FWCI had claimed the coveted award against some very strong competition.
“Our companies were competing against Aboriginal businesses from around Australia with substantial mining operations,” he said.
“This award demonstrates that we are the national leaders in terms of both economic and social impact in the mining and resources sector.
“It is a great privilege for our entire management team to deliver these results to the 1700 plus traditional owner members that we serve.”
FWCI general manager John Isgar completed and lodged the nomination for the awards and said he was happy with the group’s success.
“Initially the application was daunting, but I was able to highlight the involvement of the FWCI in many businesses and employment outcomes for the Far West Coast group of entities and clearly demonstrate high levels of community impact, self-determination and wealth creation outcomes for the Far West Coast native title holders,” he said.
Ms Lawrie was pleased that the award recognised FWCI’s achievements for the native title holders, especially the establishment of the Aboriginal Owned and Managed Trust.
“The commitment to the money story past the life of the mine by Far West Coast members had been outstanding,” she said.
The award win was noted by Senator Nigel Scullion, who congratulated FWCI in a letter for their “commitment to Indigenous economic development and to the future of the six Indigenous groups on the Far West Coast”.
“Resources and mining are often important to the economy of regional areas and it’s good to know that your organisation is ensuring that the benefits of resources and extended to Indigenous people and that the people of the Far West Coast will experience these benefits into the future.”