Martu Business Development Services

About the Program

The program aims to help Martu people achieve economic independence by enhancing business skills and access to development opportunities and support.

ABV business development services provides a tailored package of facilitation, training and skills development, mentoring, referral pathways support and networking through support from our skilled volunteers.

We are committed to empowering Martu people to create sustainable business and employment opportunities.

Essential elements of entrepreneurship business development services combining:

o Self-confidence and esteem building as a precursor to establishing people’s interest
and engagement in entrepreneurship.
o Business training and skills development (soft and technical)
o Access to finance, facilitated access to markets and business networks
o Business advisory services and coaching/mentoring



Community benefit

Contributing to the future well-being for Martu people by developing sustainable livelihoods which are not reliant on government or mining companies.


Development benefit

Sustainable and inclusive business and economic development of the Martu community.


Partner benefit

Harness the innovation of local communities to demonstrate social impact and sustainable economic development. Have a positive lasting impact after the mine’s life. Contribute to successful mine operations through the service provision of viable, well-run local businesses.

Meet the Team

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Brigitte White 

Senior Program Manager (WA)

Garth Preece

Program Coordinator (WA)

Sharon Bieundurry

Martu Liason


Martu Liason

Recent Updates and Stories

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27 March 2024
Mentoring Relationships - First Nations Artists

Meet Corina Jadai, a proud Martu woman from the Broome region of Western Australia.  Since joining our program in 2023, Corina has been thriving under the guidance of her amazing volunteer mentor, Liz Reece. Corina is an incredibly talented creative who has found success in the fields of art and graphic design. Currently, she is venturing into […]

12 January 2024
A Special Christmas on Martu Country, Western Australia

The ABV team were fortunate enough to be on Martu country throughout December supporting Newmont Australia Telfer with their Christmas celebrations. Newmont Telfer holds yearly festive events for Martu communities with plenty of food and a special visit from Santa to deliver presents to local schools. A dedicated team wrapped over 500 presents for delivery to the […]

4 December 2023
ABV Team Connect with Fitzroy Valley Community

Last week, the ABV Team headed to Broome to bring together our second cohort of Mentors and Martu community members for our Martu Business mentoring program. Seeing the mentors and the Fitzroy Valley community members visioning, innovating, planning and gaining momentum was exciting for our team. "Once again, we were blown away by the talent, […]

5 October 2023
Martu Business Development Program Update - Wangkatjunka and Yunggora Communities

Anna Durward and Natascha Wernick from Australian Business Volunteers (ABV) and Daniel Tincknell from Newcrest Mining had an enriching trip last week, building relationships with Martu community members and Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporation in the Fitzroy Crossing area. Marra Worra Worra is the largest First Nations resource agency in Kimberly. Over its 41-year history, Marra Worra Worra has assisted First Nations people in […]

21 September 2023
First Trip for our Martu Business Development Mentors!

A crucial aspect of our Martu Business Development Program involves implementing a mentoring initiative that aligns with community cultural values and business ambitions.  Last week, our dedicated Volunteer Mentors, Sue McCosker, Pascal Labouze, and Chris Maddock, travelled to Newcrest Telfer mine, in remote Western Australia with Anna Durward our Senior Program Manager, to personally engage with the Martu community members, marking the commencement […]

5 September 2023
New Collaboration on First Nations Program!

Expanding on our successful partnership in Lihir, Papua New Guinea, alongside Newcrest, we are thrilled to unveil a fresh collaboration as part of our First Nation Business Development Program in Western Australia. Together, Newcrest Mining and ABV are dedicated to empowering the Martu community by enhancing businesses and nurturing entrepreneurial spirit. Our approach remains firmly rooted in […]


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