KPP Business Development
Starting My Business Workshop Series May 2015
Fitzroy Crossing 19 May
Derby 21 May
Broome 22 May
Kununurra 25 May
Halls Creek 27 May
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Some significant results were published in Morrgul’s February 2015 newsletter. Since opening its doors 18 months ago, Morrgul has supported 30 new Indigenous business start-ups and 27 existing Indigenous businesses. Its workshops have also attracted substantial support with 140 participants attending its Starting My Business workshop and 23 participants attending its Next Steps in Tourism workshop. Managing Director, Melissa Hartmann says “My strong belief is that our ability to deliver responsive and effective business support when and where it is needed has positioned Morrgul to become the best model for Indigenous business development in Australia. At the heart of model, we are working to overcome Indigenous economic disadvantage and as a result are providing opportunities and choices for people to engage in productive and healthy lives”.
Morrgul is funded for three years through the support of Woodside Energy Ltd as part of the Browse LNG Precinct Agreement with the Goolarabooloo and Jabbir Jabbir Traditional Owners – an initiative of Waardi Ltd. Waardi was established under the Browse LNG Precinct Project Agreement to work towards the social and economic benefit of Goolarabooloo Jabirr Jabirr people. Together with ManyRivers, KPP has partnered with Waardi to deliver Morrgul initiatives.
Visit www.morrgul.com.au for more information.
The importance of Visitor Centres (VCs) in regional and remote regions of Australia cannot be over emphasised. But that’s all now history. Visitor profiles and travelling patterns have changed but most VCs have not adapted to these changes. Lots of work has been commissioned around the future of VCs but generally, these studies look at ways to prop up the existing model rather than look realistically at their structure, financial base and relevance to visitors.
In regional WA, most VCs are either owned and operated by the local Shire or largely funded by the Shire. They also look to membership for additional revenue and then members pay a commission (10% - 14%) on bookings received through the VC. Not surprisingly, tourism providers have become much more active in enticing bookings directly from the customer, rather than a third party.
VCs have also failed to recognise that there is a growing trend to more frequent, shorter breaks and therefore, visitors are unlikely to arrive at a destination without a clear plan for accommodation, activities and tours. Therefore, they rely more and more on sites such as Trip Advisor for the information they need, in advance of their holiday.
What do we see the future will look like for VCs? Certainly, more like an Apple booth than a bank with tellers!
Our recent work with Esperance Tourism identified five models that transition over time. Contact us for more detail.
The Commonwealth Government has announced a major reform of employment services to be implemented from 1 July 2015.
“Work for the Dole is designed to assist job seekers to transition long-term to a real job. Eligible job seekers will also have access to support services and activities such as basic literacy and numeracy training, driver’s licence training, and other training that is linked directly to a job.
Remote job seekers will undertake work-like activities five days a week, 12 months of the year whilst receiving payments. The key aim is providing real pathways to long-term employment. In many communities there will be opportunities to establish businesses that can support the needs and desires of local people. Some communities will want activities that support critical issues like housing repairs and maintenance. In others, there may be a need to support older members of the community in aged-care facilities or their own homes, or to support children in school”.www.dpmc.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/about/jobs-land-and-economy-programme/employment-reform
Like others working with remote indigenous people and communities, KPP supports any government initiative that helps break the cycle of disadvantage and in principle, we do not have an issue with the concept of working for benefits. However, this needs to be supported by funding for enterprise development, as the jobs simply don’t exist in remote communities. We will be watching the roll-out of this initiative with interest.