National gong for Roebourne Aboriginal business

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Brida’s Karratha ground maintenance team with the AEMEE award.
Camera IconBrida’s Karratha ground maintenance team with the AEMEE award. Credit: Brida

Roebourne Aboriginal business Brida has been recognised as one of Australia’s top indigenous companies working to support the resources industry.

The Ngarliyarndu Bindirri Aboriginal Corporation-owned enterprise was crowned indigenous business of the year at the Aboriginal Enterprises in Mining, Energy and Exploration national resources sector awards in Darwin last month.

The award recognises an indigenous business that demonstrates success in areas including economic growth, management, community engagement, customer service and innovation.

Brida general manager Francois Langlois said up to 80 per cent of Brida’s work was directly with the resources sector, making this a peak industry award for the company.

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“This is a big win for us because it’s about a small indigenous business in the Pilbara which has been recognised nationally as being the best,” he said.

“The staff are very excited about it and they feel very proud of what we do every day and being part of this achievement.”

He said the award was a big win for the Roebourne community that would “put the town on the map and show how fantastic the people of Roebourne are”.

Brida is a 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned business that provides cleaning, ground maintenance, landscaping and labour hire services at Pilbara sites.

It has been operating since 1974 and counts Rio Tinto, Woodside and BBI Group as major clients.

Brida deputy chairman and Marduthunera elder Michael Boona said the award was a testament to the company’s continued commitment to supporting its local Aboriginal community and delivering a high standard of service to clients.

“This is a very special award to receive and recognises the great work Brida is doing not only for the people of Roebourne but also for the wider City of Karratha community,” he said.

Brida hosted a staff event last week to celebrate the win.

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