Community Engagement

Local Noongar Jobs

Since commencement of the business in 2006, Indigenous Workabout has been a supporter of Aboriginal participation in the economy and sought to contribute to the well-being of Aboriginal people more broadly.  

Indigenous Workabout is strongly committed to providing employment opportunities and training for Southwest Noongar mob. The business has not only provided Aboriginal people with meaningful work, it has trained and equipped a number of employees with skills enabling them to build careers. In a number of cases Indigenous Workabout staff have been offered positions in mining companies and Government agencies.  At Indigenous Workabout, rather than lament the loss of a valuable employee to a well paid and prestigious job, it is seen as another opportunity to take on a the next Aboriginal person.

All employees at Indigenous Workabout, whether long term or short, receive training, mentoring, and acquiring transferable work skills which will assist them in future employment.

Phoenix Rise Project – Urban Renewal and Jobs for Indigenous Youth

In the years from 2006 to 2009, Indigenous Workabout participated in a project run by the Department of Housing and managed by the Satterley Group. The Phoenix Rise Project was a refresh and rejuvenation of a section of Hamilton Hill. The project refurbished homes and upgraded the streetscapes. Breathing new life into the area, the project created new facilities, improved the appearance and feel of the suburb, and helped strengthen the community.

Throughout the operation of the project Indigenous Workabout engaged Aboriginal youth, interested in working in the building industry, from Challenger TAFE in Fremantle. Indigenous Workabout founder Dean Wynne was instrumental in setting up the “Work About” pre-apprenticeship program at Challenger TAFE thereafter, a program that enjoyed a 90% success rate for course participants securing apprenticeships.
Phoenix Rise newspaper

Community Leadership and Aboriginal Health

Dean Wynne also convened a men’s cycling group within the Shire of Cockburn to encourage Aboriginal men to be more active and lead healthier lives. With the incidence of heart problems, high blood pressure and diabetes far more prevalent in Aboriginal men than the general population, Dean was motivated to lead and help others make lifestyle changes.

The group would meet weekly to cycle around the city as a part of the Healthy Communities Project and was hailed as a success by the City of Cockburn.  

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