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COVID-19 Update

The Wirrpanda Foundation is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our staff, participants and community, and as such will be managing our obligations under the State Government’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. As an organisation servicing Aboriginal peoples (Group 1) and with staff located in schools (Group 2) the Foundation is supporting our staff to be fully vaccinated by …

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Client Feature: Sharon Todd

A Kariyarra Noongar woman has established the State’s first Indigenous funeral company with the mission of bringing culture, honour and tradition to services.  Sharon Todd was motivated to start her own business, Towards the Dreaming, after seeing a gap in services offered by mainstream funeral companies. “I have always been passionate about creating funeral ceremonies that allow our mob to …

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Client feature: Alexandria Pidek

Alexandria Pidek is a proud Noongar women and inspirational business owner, who started her business Yargan a year ago. The business has seen exceptional growth in the last 12 months, they are engaged to provide labour hire solutions to clients who service Rio Tinto and BHP’s mining operations in the Pilbara region.   Having gained experience in the industry, Alexandria felt ready …

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Minister Ken Wyatt Announcement

We were proud to host Minister Ken Wyatt for a morning of celebration and acknowledgment of Indigenous business hubs across Australia. Bringing together representatives virtually from Sydney and Adelaide as well as our team in Perth, this was an opportunity for Minister Wyatt to announce the expansion of the hub network into Darwin, Northern Territory. This exciting news reflects the …

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Client Feature: Lorraine Pryor

Lorraine was excited to return to the Wirra Hub her ‘second home’ to share the news and celebrate with everyone after being awarded the BHP WAIO Indigenous Employee of the Year Award. Lorraine Pryor a proud Whadjuk Ballardong women is the business owner of Voice of Hope, a program designed to inspire and mentor at risk Indigenous women. Lorraine is …

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Industry Leaders and Aboriginal Businesses connect at the Kwinana Regional Pop Up

Indigenous businesses owners and entrepreneurs joined with industry leaders to discuss partnership opportunities at a Kwinana Regional Business Hub hosted by the Wirrpanda Foundation’s Wirra Hub this week (14 September). Guests heard from Wirra Hub business coaches about the support the organisation can offer existing and emerging businesses and then from representatives from Alcoa, ADCO Constructions and Civmec about the …

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Bunbury Regional Pop Up Success with Alcoa

It was a great turn out at the Dolphin Centre in Bunbury when the Wirrpanda Foundation’s Wirra Hub hosted their regional pop up hub to service Aboriginal businesses. Attendees heard from their Bunbury Regional Pop Up major partner: Alcoa, about local procurement opportunities and an update on upcoming work in the South West region. Also presenting on the day were …

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Wirrpanda Foundation and Alcoa partner to bring support to Kwinana, Peel and Upper South West

Support for existing and emerging Aboriginal businesses will be provided in the Kwinana, Peel and Upper South West areas thanks to a new partnership between the Wirrpanda Foundation and Alcoa. Alcoa, through its global charity the Alcoa Foundation, is providing funding for the Wirrpanda Foundation’s Wirra Hub to deliver nine business pop-ups in areas near where the resources company operates. …

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Client Feature: Jarni Creative

It was a photo of her late grandfather that inspired emerging artist Jarni McGuire to pick up a pen and start sketching. Now years later, and with the help of the Wirra Hub, Jarni is turning that passion for art into a growing graphic design business – Jarni Creative. Through support provided by the Wirra Hub and Business Coach Christine …

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Wirra Hub Visits Albany!

We had a great turn out for our first Albany regional pop-up last month at the Albany Business Centre where two of our Wirra Hub Business Coaches met with Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander businesses and service providers. Attendees heard from our Business Coaches about Wirra Hub’s services and were also on hand to provide expert advice and one-on-one coaching to …