RES now 'Supply Nation' Certified

RES now 'Supply Nation' Certified

RES is proud to have received “Supply Nation - Certified” status in October 2016, in recognition being a majority Indigenous owned and managed business.

Supply Nation is the Australian leader in supplier diversity and to connects members of Australia's leading brands and government with Indigenous businesses across the country. Supply Nation's has a rigorous registration and certification processes to ensure members can be confident of the Indigenous ownership of the businesses they engage with.

Board appointments complement Indigenous focus of RES approach

Board appointments complement Indigenous focus of RES approach

RES General Manager Leann Wilson’s work in the Indigenous field is not limited to her role with RES, but connects deeply with the community via her various Board memberships with Arts-based and community-led organisations. Currently Leann lends her knowledge and expertise to the Board of two Australia-based organisations – the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA) in Brisbane and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation.

Phase 1 completion of Bidjara project

RES has completed the first phase of the Commonwealth Government-funded Bidjara Traditional Owners project. The ground-breaking, pilot project work includes the review of all existing agreements between Bidjara Traditional Owners Ltd and resource companies, and the development of strategies to harness identified employment and business opportunities from existing and future agreements for the benefit of the Bidjara community.

While the desired outcome of native title and cultural heritage agreements may be to provide prosperity through investment in employment and business development opportunities for Indigenous groups, this is often not the case, and can represent aspirational rather than tangible commitment from resource companies.

RES’s work to date has focussed attention on Bidjara Traditional Owners’ key stakeholders, and provided useful information for negotiation discussions between the Bidjara Traditional Owners and applicable resource companies. The Group has requested that RES continue to work with them to help implement strategies to pursue long-term employment and ongoing business development opportunities for the Bidjara people.

RES will lobby Nigel Scullion, Senator for the Northern Territory Minister for Indigenous Affairs, to gain support for the second phase of the project, a one-year work commitment to continue the pursuit of positive outcomes for both the Bidjara people and the resource companies involved.
 

Leann Wilson appointed to the Red Cross Australia board

RES Director Leann Wilson has recently been appointed to the Queensland Divisional Advisory Board of the Australian Red Cross (ARC) to provide strategic advice with a particular emphasis on Indigenous social and economic outcomes.

Previously employed by the Australian Red Cross as the inaugural Group Manager Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Strategy and Programs in Queensland, Leann was responsible for establishing and leading the development of the Aboriginal &Torres Strait Islander state-wide business unit (a first for ARC nationally).

Leann’s work in the Red Cross has been recognised for its innovation and sustainability.

ARC’s principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality align closely with the key values of RES, in particular neutrality and impartiality. These principles provide an essential platform in maintaining an unbiased position in brokering understanding and achieving outcomes for all parties involved.

Leann Wilson leads Principals on a five-day ‘Women Yarning Up’ tour to the Torres Strait Islands

RES Director and Bond University Fellow, Leann Wilson, recently led a delegation of Principals from some of Australia’s most progressive girls’ schools on a five-day ‘Women Yarning Up’ tour to the Torres Strait Islands.

The VIP group comprised Principals from Santa Sabina College and Wenona in Sydney, Melbourne Girls’ College, Mary MacKillop College in Adelaide, Lockhart State School in far north Queensland and St Patrick’s College Townsville which has a significant enrolment of Indigenous girls from remote communities like the Torres Strait Islands.

They were joined by former Brisbane Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson, Chair of the Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Committee Leon Epong, and Bond University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Pathways and Partnerships, Catherine O’Sullivan.

Their five-day itinerary included visits to Tagai State College’s primary campus on Mer (Murray)  Island, the secondary campus on Waiben (Thursday) Island, an official reception with various education and government representatives and numerous informal meetings with community Elders, leaders and parents.

“My role was to give our non Indigenous participants a cultural context and an insight into the challenges faced by women in remote Indigenous communities,” said Leann.

“More importantly, having an Indigenous representative leading a group like this helps to broker the relationship with the community, helping the participants to engage in a deeper conversation with the people they meet.

“Because it is only by getting to that deeper conversation that we can find the way to working collaboratively to address the core issues.”

The annual Women Yarning Up tour is a cultural and educational initiative organised by Bond University’s Pathways and Partnerships team in conjunction with the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia which represents almost 150 girls’ schools in Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa.

Leann Wilson led the inaugural trip in 2014 to Lockhart River in far north Queensland and returned to the leadership role in 2015.

“The whole idea of ‘women yarning up’ is such a powerful concept,” she said.

“It’s really exciting that these non Indigenous women who hold key leadership positions in our education system are so keen to travel all this way to listen to the Indigenous women.

“At the heart of it, we are all mothers, we are all carers, so we can quickly connect at that point of sameness and work from there.

“What’s also powerful is that these Principals have such a wealth of knowledge and experience in their field and the Torres Strait Islander women are passionate about education for their children, so it becomes a really valuable two-way conversation.”

For Leann and all the participants, one of the most moving moments of the trip was listening to a young Murray Island mother talk about her aspirations for her daughter.

“The analogy she gave was that she wanted her child to have the confidence to walk up to the Qantas counter and ask about her flight home, rather than standing at the back afraid to come forward.

“Her story moved me to tears as I thought, ‘Surely we can achieve that?’”

Leann Wilson contributes to ‘She Leads Diploma of Management’ program

RES Director Leann Wilson, was recently invited to participate in the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) ‘She Leads Diploma of Management’ program in Queensland, Australia. The She Leads program is a gender responsive Diploma of Management that explores the unique challenges facing young women at the early stages of their career and equips them with the skills and confidence to take on leadership roles in their workplace and community.

As a proud Aboriginal woman and strong advocate for shared and distributed leadership to turn around the intergenerational legacies of past policies and practices, Leann was invited to be one of three successful professional female panellists to share her leadership insights in a facilitated discussion, followed by lunch and a networking session with program students.

Leann said that her presentation, titled ‘My Nana Mallee didn’t care too much for Instant Cake’, drew on how the analogies associated with cooking a sponge cake were applied to a leadership framework.

"The story has its roots in Barcaldine, a small community in Central Western Queensland, where I grew up as part of a population of around 1,700 people. It draws on the experiences of watching my Nana Malle and the old aunties baking, practicing to go after the elusive first prize certificate at the local flower and agricultural shows,” Leann said.

Leann was delighted to offer her support and collaboration to the She Leads program, which was developed to support women in a range of circumstances to advance their careers, as it closely mirrors the RES ethos of bridging social and economic gaps to bring about change.

Pictured left to right:  Panellist Alicia Weiderman (Director Weiderman Consulting), Ailsa Leacy (General Manager YWCA QLD), Panellist Leann Wilson (Director RES), and Kate Tully (CEO YWCA QLD)

RES and Ausenco attend 2015 Bond University Indigenous Gala

RES Directors, Leann Wilson and Mal Meninga, and Ausenco’s CEO Zimi Meka, and APAC/Africa President, Brad Shaw, co-hosted a table at the 2015 Bond University Indigenous Gala on 13 November in Queensland, Australia. They were joined by special guests from Santos Energy NSW, Metro Mining, and Lockhart State School.

The Indigenous Gala, now in its third year, is an inspiring celebration of Indigenous culture and achievement featuring current and past Indigenous students sharing stories about their journey, their communities and their aspirations for the future. Highlights of the night included the Annual Indigenous Art Auction, live entertainment, fantastic raffle prizes and a silent and live auction.

Leann, a Bond University Indigenous Fellow, and Queensland’s most successful State of Origin coach and Rugby League Hall-of-Famer, Mal Meninga, participated in a live auction for ‘Lunch with a Legend’ in order to help Bond University raise money to support Indigenous scholarships and students.

Together they raised an impressive $7,000, with the highest bidder receiving an exclusive opportunity to join cousins Mal and Leann for a frank and free-ranging discussion over lunch, with insights into their childhood antics, career highlights, cultural perceptions and their shared commitment to facilitate better outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

Leann and Mal work together as co-Directors of Regional Economic Solutions, a frontline consultancy dedicated to fostering real collaboration between government, business and Indigenous Australians. They also mentor young people to expand cultural leadership and learning.

This year the Gala raised $364,000 towards funding Bond University’s ongoing commitment to its Indigenous Scholarship program., almost $100,000 more than last year! It also saw the university move past the magic million dollar mark as the accumulated fundraising total, which is an incredible achievement.

Leann was also invited to partake in a panelled discussion for a program titled ‘Awaken’ to be aired on National Indigenous Television (NITV). The show, which discussed the role of Indigenous education in transforming life and communities, was filmed immediately prior the Gala dinner and involved six other panellists including Ned David, Sibhoen Jackson, Wayne Butcher, Catherine O’Sullivan, Waverly Stanley and Biama Nona, from well-known Indigenous circles.

Pictured below left to right:

RES Director, Leann Wilson, and  former CEO of Generation One and international Indigenous Didgeridoo player and dancer, Jeremy Donovan.
Ausenco CEO, Zimi Meka, and Edie Meka.
RES Director, Mal Maninga, and The Hon.Leeanne Enoch
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Leann Wilson contributes to ‘She Leads Diploma of Management’ program

RES Director Leann Wilson, was recently invited to participate in the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) ‘She Leads Diploma of Management’ program in Queensland, Australia. The She Leads program is a gender responsive Diploma of Management that explores the unique challenges facing young women at the early stages of their career and equips them with the skills and confidence to take on leadership roles in their workplace and community.

As a proud Aboriginal woman and strong advocate for shared and distributed leadership to turn around the intergenerational legacies of past policies and practices, Leann was invited to be one of three successful professional female panellists to share her leadership insights in a facilitated discussion, followed by lunch and a networking session with program students.

Leann said that her presentation, titled ‘My Nana Mallee didn’t care too much for Instant Cake’, drew on how the analogies associated with cooking a sponge cake were applied to a leadership framework.

"The story has its roots in Barcaldine, a small community in Central Western Queensland, where I grew up as part of a population of around 1,700 people. It draws on the experiences of watching my Nana Malle and the old aunties baking, practicing to go after the elusive first prize certificate at the local flower and agricultural shows,” Leann said.

Leann was delighted to offer her support and collaboration to the She Leads program, which was developed to support women in a range of circumstances to advance their careers, as it closely mirrors the RES ethos of bridging social and economic gaps to bring about change.

Pictured left to right:  Panellist Alicia Weiderman (Director Weiderman Consulting), Ailsa Leacy (General Manager YWCA QLD), Panellist Leann Wilson (Director RES), and Kate Tully (CEO YWCA QLD)

RES Director, Mal Meninga receives a 2016 Queensland Greats award

Regional Economic Solutions (RES) Director and Rugby league legend Mal Meninga AM has been honoured with one of five Queensland Greats Awards in recognition of his contributions to rugby league and numerous sporting, community and charitable organisations.

Mal was nominated for the award by both Queensland Rugby League and Bond University, with his achievement acknowledged at the Queensland Greats Awards ceremony on June 12.

“I feel very privileged to be even considered for this prestigious award,” said Mr Meninga.

“I’m very grateful and surprised to be nominated and thank those who believed in me and thought I was worthy of such an honour.

“My sporting career has allowed me to live a good life and given me the confidence and integrity to be involved in many things – from rugby league and business through to community and family.

“Above all, I owe a lot to the nurturing nature of my parents and family for the person I am today. They showed me that, regardless of your colour, background and prejudices, one can make a difference and be respected.

“As a very proud Australian South Sea Islander, I hope I have fulfilled their expectations.”

While Mal Meninga’s outstanding achievements as a rugby league player and coach in the state, national and international arena are part of Australia’s sporting history, Bond University’s nomination highlighted his less well-known contributions to leadership, training and education, particularly for young Indigenous and Australian South Sea Islanders.

These contributions include:

  • Co-founding RES and working alongside Leann Wilson to bring economic change for Indigenous Australians through consultancy between Communities, Government and Business
  • Serving as a Board member of the Former Origin Greats (FOGs), a non-profit organisation partnered with Bond University’s Indigenous education programs,
  • Patron of the Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation, providing university scholarships for Australian South Sea Islander students
  • Champion of Bond University’s Indigenous Scholarship Program on a personal basis through prize donation and support of the University’s Annual Indigenous Gala.

“Mr Meninga serves as an inspiration to all our students, and particularly to our Australian South Sea Islander and Indigenous students, by exemplifying how the best values of sport can translate to success in education, business and community leadership,” said Bond University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Pathways and Partnerships, Catherine O’Sullivan.

“As such, we were extremely proud to nominate Mr Meninga for the Queensland Greats Award and offer our heartfelt congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.”


Modified Article: Courtesy of Bond University.

Leann Wilson helps launch Healing Strategy for Torres Strait Communities

RES Director and Deputy Chair of the Healing Foundation, Leann Wilson, this week helped launch the foundations Torres Strait and Kaurareg Aboriginal People’s Healing Strategy on Thursday Day.

The strategy supports Torres Strait communities in addressing issues like child safety and wellbeing, community safety and the lack of women in leadership. Developed by the Healing Foundation in partnership with local healing leadership, the strategy is the result of extensive consultant with Kaurareg Aboriginal people and Torres Strait islanders and is designed to address the trauma affecting Torres Strait communities as a result of colonisation.

 The strategy’s recommendations include:

  • Support for a women’s healing strategy to strengthen women’s leadership in the region
  • Preventative and restorative men’s healing programs to help men address their issues in culturally sensitive ways
  • Healing programs and services for 13 – 26 year olds who have experienced violence or abuse and are dealing with the impacts of trauma
  • The development of community healing teams to support and drive healing at a local level

“The strategy maps community needs and healing aspirations against existing healing work in the Torres Strait” said Leann Wilson, Healing Foundation Deputy Chair.

“It identifies key gaps and proposes practical solutions to address them through service delivery at the local, state and federal government levels.”

More than 600 people from throughout the Torres Strait have contributed to the strategy’s development, including through two community healing forums supported by the Healing Foundation, along with government and non-government organisations.

“The recommendations contained in this strategy are drawn from the Kaurareg and Torres Strait healing gatherings and represent the voice and knowledge of the community,” Ms Wilson said.

“We urge governments at the local, state and federal levels to acknowledge the strength of this wisdom by supporting and implementing this strategy.”

The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation with a focus on building culturally strong, community led healing solutions.

More information about the Strategy and Foundation is available at  www.healingfoundation.org.au

Article written by permission from the Healing Foundation

Bond University ‘Women Yarning Up’ 2014

The specialist skills of RES General Manager Leann Wilson were recently at the fore when she co-facilitated a ‘Women Yarning Up’ trip to Lockhart River with Catherine O’Sullivan, Pro-Vice Chancellor Pathways and Partnership at Bond University.

The Bond University-sponsored project was organised with the objective of connecting attendees to an Indigenous community to immerse them in the culture of the local people, and providing a deepened appreciation for the cross-cultural challenges faced by Indigenous people. Specifically for women, the trip facilitated a think tank on women’s leadership, and was a rare professional development opportunity for a number of principals from prominent girls’ schools across Australia.

Lockhart River is a coastal Aboriginal community situated on the eastern coast of Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. Situated 800 km north of Cairns, it is the most northern town on the east coast of Australia and has a population of around 700 people, mostly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Video highlights of the trip can be seen here.

Joshua Creamer recommended as a leading Native Title Barrister in Doyle’s Guide

RES Director and Barrister-at-law Joshua Creamer has been recommended in the Doyle’s Guide 2015 list of leading Australian Native Title barristers. This is the second year running that Joshua has been recommended on the list.

Doyle’s Guide lists leading Australia-based law firms, lawyers and barristers across 15 specialist areas of legal practice in all Australian states and territories.

Selection to Doyle’s Guide is determined through extensive telephone and face to face interviews with clients, peers and relevant industry bodies. All research is compiled on an independent basis.

Congratulations to RES Director and Barrister-at-law, Joshua Creamer, who has been recommended in the Doyle’s Guide 2015 list of leading Australian Native Title barristers.

RES attends ‘MoU Successful Resource Sector Joint Venturing Workshop' and the ‘Meet the Buyer Forum’

Leann Wilson, General Manager, Regional Economic Solutions (RES) and members of the Ausenco team including Craig Adcock, General Manager, Business Development and Eric Danzi, Project Manager, Program Management, recently attended a workshop on ‘Successful Indigenous Joint Ventures in the Resource Sector’ followed by a ‘Meet the Buyer Forum and Networking Event’ at the Ridges Hotel in Gladstone.

More than 70 people from Indigenous businesses, non-Indigenous contractors and resources companies including procurement practitioners and Indigenous relations staff, attended the workshop which explored how Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses can successfully joint venture to win work in the Queensland’s resources sector. Heath Nelson, from Fortescue Metals Group Ltd, was among a number of presenters on the day who showcased successful Indigenous/non-Indigenous joint ventures. In addition to the profilingof successful case studies, the workshop also provided expert advice on the legal, financial and practical aspects of joint venturing.

The workshop was followed by a ‘Meet the Buyer Forum and Networking Event’ which connected resource sector procurement practitioners with Indigenous businesses in a speed networking format. The event provided the opportunity for 28 Indigenous businesses to have one on one meeting with 11 resource sector companies to consider their products and services, identify any potential contracting opportunities and develop ongoing business relationships.

The event was hosted in partnership by the MoU to Increase Indigenous Participation in the Queensland Resources Sector, the Queensland Departments of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDIP) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs (DATSIMA), Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), the Black Business Finder and Supply Nation.

Joshua Creamer, RES Director, helps launch T4T’s Reconciliation Action Plan

Titans 4 Tomorrow (T4T), the not-for-profit organisation associated with the Gold Coast Titans NRL club, has formalised its commitment to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

The RAP was officially launched on Sunday 17 August as part of the NRL’s ‘Close the Gap’ round against Manly at the Cbus super stadium.

 Joshua Creamer - T4T Chairman and Director at RES, said “The RAP details T4T’s reconciliation initiatives and future objectives for equality, which will no doubt only strengthen our close connection with First Nation communities”.

Click here to view Titans 4 Tomorrow's Reconciliation Action Plan.

CEDA ‘Women in Leadership: influence and action Lunch’

General Manager of Regional Economic Solutions (RES), Leann Wilson, was recently invited to attend the CEDA ‘Women in Leadership: influence and action Lunch’ as a special guest in Brisbane on 14 July 2014. Leann joined over 450 other senior leaders from across multiple sectors for a robust discussion on women in leadership and the experience of women in senior executive roles.

Guest speakers at the lunch included Tracey Fellows, Executive General Manager of Communication Management Services Australia Post and Rosemary Vilgan, Chief Executive Officer QSuper who shared their achievements and insights about leadership and action.