Industry Leaders Gather for the Western Sydney Indigenous Business Summit

31 July, 2019

Industry Leaders Gather for NSW Aboriginal Land Council and Yarpa Hub’s Western Sydney Indigenous Business Summit

Industry leaders from across NSW have assembled for the inaugural Western Sydney Indigenous Business Summit. 

The Summit was hosted by the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) and the Yarpa Indigenous Business and Employment Hub and brought together over 100 key stakeholders from the Indigenous business sector, government, corporates and industry.

NSWALC has partnered with the National Indigenous Australians Agency to deliver the Yarpa Hub under the Commonwealth Government’s Indigenous Business Sector Strategy.

NSWALC CEO James Christian said every business at the Summit can play an important role in building an Indigenous business and employment sector in the Western Sydney region.

“We want to change the employment trajectory for Aboriginal job seekers so that Aboriginal people can fully participate in their communities and reach their potential as individual people,” Mr Christian said.

“We’re basing our initial steps in Western Sydney because that’s where most of the current opportunity is.”

Mr Christian announced Liverpool as the permanent home for the Yarpa Hub, and introduced attendees to the new website, which will showcase Yarpa as a one stop shop for Indigenous job seekers and businesses.

“The Georges River was once a hub for trading between several major language groups, so it’s fitting that Yarpa Hub has its headquarters in the area,” Mr Christian said.

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We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.