In toughening economic times, two Indigenous organisations have teamed up to help provide sustainable employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.
In-Balance Australia, a 100% Aboriginal-owned and family managed company which markets and exports environmentally responsible industrial cleaning products, has partnered with Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation to create training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal women in their co-located commercial bottling and packaging division in Wangara.
“In this difficult business climate we are pleased to be helping Aboriginal people to manage their own destiny by creating meaningful, sustainable employment opportunities,” said In-Balance Australia CEO Dwayne Rowland.
“After working together for almost 24 months it was clear there was a real opportunity to come together and create a business with a real difference,” said Gary Chesson of Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation (AAC)..
“We are thrilled that we now have APS – Aboriginal Procurement Solutions as a joint venture with IN Balance providing clients across Australia with our range of products.”
Even in these tough economic times, APS is already supplying a number of large corporates in Western Australia including Adams Coachlines, GCS Group, Westralian and Mermaid Marine.
“APS represents the perfect partnership with AAC selling new cooking oil, then collecting the waste cooking oil from remote mining camps and recycling it into bio-diesel. We then utilise some of these recycled materials to make unique environmentally friendly cleaning solutions,” said Mr Rowland.
“One of our shining employees is Kaye, who in the space of 18 months has gone from the ranks of the unemployed to a very confident and competent warehouse leading hand. She oversees the safe and clean operation of our wide range of activities and diverse recycling and bottling processes.
“Demand has now grown to a point where we need to purchase a state-of-the-art bottling machine.
“With our APS products now able to be purchased through Staples we are hoping that demand continues to increase so we can continue to grow our local employment,” Mr Chesson said.
In-Balance is currently in discussions with other Aboriginal businesses nationally to replicate its successful model at the Wangara facility, and hopes to continue growing local Indigenous employment.
Last year In-Balance Australia was awarded the Indigenous Business of the Year award in the 2015 Belmont Small Business Awards.
In-Balance is an award winning 100% Aboriginal owned and family run private company with a majority of Aboriginal employees. In-Balance exports a range of Australian made environmentally responsible industrial solutions which reduce the use of toxic chemicals that impact the environment. They are the first Aboriginal business supplying janitorial/industrial products to Staples.
Other recent awards:
o Runner up – City of Wanneroo Small business of the year 2015
o Finalist – City of Wanneroo Most Innovative business 2015
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