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Strengthening Indigenous business capabilities

This year, Thiess has significantly increased spending with Queensland Indigenous businesses, including Thiess' engagement with BB Country Services – a joint venture between Traditional Owner Group Barada Barna’s Deputy Chair and Director Luarna Dynevor, and local businesses Comiskey Mining Services and Inspec Industries.

Thiess first engaged BB Country Services, a predominately Indigenous owned mining and civil works contractor, to provide a water cart to their Lake Vermont project in August 2022. The goal of this partnership was to help build people and commercial capabilities for the Barada Barna people.

Since then, Thiess have spent more than $2.2 million with BB Country Services, including transferring 100% of Inspec Industries labour to them and facilitating connections with clients to support new work opportunities.

Thiess General Manager Queensland Chris Bourke said Thiess’ partnership with BB Country Services had exceeded all expectations, demonstrating the power of collaboration. “We’ve not only celebrated the success of this partnership, but also shared insights with our industry peers, which has contributed to the advancement of Indigenous communities across Australia. We look forward to continuing to work with BB Country Services on future opportunities including the ongoing supply of haul trucks in the Bowen Basin, and brake testing training for our maintenance team,” Chris said.

Strengthening Indigenous business capabilities