During the delivery of the Echuca Moama Bridge Project, our team took every opportunity to support local First Peoples' businesses and increase employment opportunities for indigenous Australians.
One example was the strong relationships developed with AKO Earth and the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation. Through this relationship, AKO Earth was endorsed by the local Yorta Yorta Elders to work on some of the project’s most culturally sacred sites.
Supported by the project team, AKO Earth's business grew from sole trader status to that of an experienced subcontracting company. They employed eight people at peak times during the project.
The project team assisted AKO Earth in completing the qualification process so that they are now qualified to work on other major government projects. We also supported their certification through Kinaway Chamber of Commerce as a 100% First Peoples’ Business.