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Support for Indigenous-owned businesses in SA

Indigenous-owned businesses in Port Lincoln and Lower Eyre Peninsula will receive business support to help them grow, thanks to Australian Government support.

The Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor, today announced $142 000 for a Business Development Officer who will develop an action plan to further develop five Indigenous-owned business in the region.

The businesses being supported represent a number of industries including aquaculture, landscaping, recycling, sustainable forestry and property development.

The Australian Government funding is being provided under the Emerging Indigenous Entrepreneurs Initiative, which aims to boost economic development, business skills and financial literacy skills of Indigenous Australians.

“It’s great to see Indigenous-owned businesses operating in South Australia,” Mr O’Connor said.

“And with the right guidance and support these businesses will continue to grow and provide employment opportunities in communities in the Port Lincoln and Lower Eyre Peninsula regions.

“The Business Development Officer will work with the Port Lincoln Aboriginal Community Council Board to develop an action plan that will outline strategies to drive business development and job creation.”

Mr O’Connor said the Australian Government was committed to halving the employment gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade by creating job opportunities and giving Indigenous people the skills and training they need to get and keep a job.

“The development of business skills is an important part of creating economic opportunities for Indigenous Australians,” he said.