State Government venue owner VenuesWest has awarded its first contract to an Aboriginal business under the McGowan Government's new Aboriginal Procurement Policy.

  • Corporate suites, media and race control rooms to be upgraded
  • McGowan Government delivering on its commitment to provide more opportunities for Aboriginal businesses
  • Part of the State Government's commitment to build stronger and more respectful partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities¬†¬†

Wilco Electrical has been awarded a contract to complete various upgrades to 16 corporate suites and two media and race control rooms at Perth Motorplex. The contract is worth more than $80,000.

The contract award follows the McGowan Government's commitment to develop entrepreneurship and drive business opportunities for Western Australia's Aboriginal community.

Wilco Electrical has established an important partnership with the Wirrpanda Foundation to deliver sustainable employment outcomes for Aboriginal people.

Wilco Electrical and the Wirrpanda Foundation pride themselves on providing pathways for Aboriginal people in the distribution, installation and maintenance of its state-of-the-art electrical technology.

The State Government's Aboriginal Procurement Policy provides a framework for procuring goods and services from Aboriginal businesses, and supports positive change and increased job opportunities for Aboriginal people throughout the State - while laying a foundation for reconciliation.

VenuesWest has recently released requests seeking services from local Aboriginal businesses at Champion Lakes Regatta Centre and the SpeedDome.

The State Government continues to invite registered Aboriginal business enterprises to respond to tenders. For more information, visit the Department of Finance's website.

Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:

"I commend VenuesWest for its commitment to engaging with local Aboriginal businesses to increase job opportunities for Aboriginal people in WA.

"Having recently launched its Reconciliation Action Plan, it's great to see VenuesWest backing that in by supporting a local Aboriginal company to carry out work at one of its most popular venues.

"The State Government and VenuesWest is committed, focused and dedicated to ensuring better economic and social outcomes for WA's Aboriginal community."

Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt:

"The McGowan Government's Aboriginal Procurement Policy was destined to grow Aboriginal businesses and employment.

"This policy has already had a great impact and it's very pleasing to see Wilco Electrical being able to successfully tender for this work.

"The McGowan Government is determined to grow capacity in Aboriginal businesses to allow more businesses to take advantage of the opportunities that are there."