Dwayne Good here from In Travel Group. As the Founder and Director of a proudly Indigenous owned company, I’m always excited and inspired to hear about other Indigenous owned organisations around the country. I recently read about the Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation (DAC), a mob based up in a place called Djarindjin, north of Broome, West Australia.
The community there have banded together and, through hard work and dedication, have taken full ownership and control of the Djarindjin Airport, which is a world-class aviation facility. Through making a big investment of time and cash, and then paying it off over several years, DAC have managed to establish an enterprise, one of the few civilian run airports in the country, that now provides key skills training and ongoing jobs for Aboriginal people in the local community and surrounding areas.
This, for me, is such a positive story. The people up in Djarindjin are truly leading the way with this kind of venture, with a model that’s demonstrating real community impact. So many great outcomes! It’s about jobs, it’s about skills, it’s about people having a go and determining their own futures. And it’s also about showing others that these kinds of things can be done – successfully, profitably and on a community’s own terms.
The best thing about this is that these stories are becoming more and more common. These sorts of enterprises are showing up all the time around the country. It’s truly heartening to see.
In our business, In Travel Group, which organises travel for corporate, non-profit and government organisations around Australia, we’re very lucky to be in touch with and arrange travel for a wide range of amazing Indigenous leaders and the organisations they work with. Every day we get to learn about what inspirational Indigenous people are up to and where they’re off to on their travels. We love it. We love seeing so much positive change in motion. To be part of this, to be helping people along on their way, is what gives us the energy to keep on doing what we do each and every day.