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 the exciting realm of First Nations fashion.
Recently, Corina had the opportunity to showcase her work, business ideas, and reflections on her program experience with our CEO, Liz Mackinlay. Liz was thrilled to hear how Corina’s mentor and the Martu program team has been helpful to Corina in her creative journey.
Corina is pictured here with the ABV team, Garth James PreeceBrigitte White and CEO Liz Mackinlay, on a recent visit to Perth to see the program in action. 
This trip was a part of ABV's dedication to supporting First Nations entrepreneurs develop and launch their business in 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 Parnngurr, Warralong, Nullagine and Marble Bar communities. Most days soar above 45 degrees this time of year, and there can be 5–10 hour long drives between each town. It can be challenging working in this climate, but it was ultimately an enriching experience for our team. 

Thank you to the team at Newmont Telfer, Daniel Tincknell, Emily Siviour, Demi OkelySabino Andriani, and Garth James Preece, who were part of making this possible. The ABV team shared how fortunate they feel to have been part of the journey with Newmont Telfer and on Martu Country. We look forward to all the exciting possibilities for this program in 2024!

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, determination, and beautiful business ideas amongst the Martu community members," said Anna Durward, Senior Program Manager.

We thank our mentors, Liz, Martin, and Ross, for joining Anna, Oscar Mussons and Garth James Preece in Broome for this impactful and insightful trip.

We also extend our gratitude to Newmont Australia (previously Newcrest) for the ongoing partnership, which enables us to continue to walk alongside Martu community members on a pathway to economic self-determination through business.

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 returning to their country to live in independent communities.

It was exciting for the ABV team to engage with communities like Wangkatjunka and Yunggora and see so much talent and eagerness for entrepreneurship. Several new community members are joining the mentoring program to build businesses, which is a positive step towards supporting their communities and families, fostering long-term economic self-determination.

The team had the privilege of hearing many stories about the significance of Martuwarra Fitzroy, the Martu and other language groups' culture, knowledge, and sovereignty.

Pictured: Anna Durward, ABV Senior Program Manager; Sharon Bienundurry, Martu woman and member of the Marra Worra Worra board; Natascha Wernick, ABV Program Facilitator Community Development.

Pictured: Patrick Green, Bunuba man and director, Marra Worra Worra with Nat and Anna.

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 McCoskerPascal 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 of our mentoring program. We extend heartfelt gratitude to our mentors for their invaluable contributions.

The program commenced with success, and both the mentors and Martu community members expressed their gratitude to start on this 8-month collaborative journey together. The potential within Martu businesses is immense, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to support the Martu community in achieving economic self-determination.

We thank our partner, Newcrest Mining, for supporting our Martu Business Development 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 community leadership, with Senior Program Manager Anna Durward actively immersing herself alongside Telfer’s Social Performance team in Martu community. Anna has begun forging connections and gaining valuable insights into the evolving business requirements of the Martu Community.

Concurrently, we are actively exploring long-term strategies for ABV to provide continuous support for the Martu Community's ongoing business development initiatives.

View assignments page to apply to express interest to volunteer as a Business Development Mentor for this program.

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