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2015 RARE Projects

Enterprise Location Project Focus

Aboriginal Affairs

Broken Hill, NSW

A mixed cohort of business and engineering students travelled to Broken Hill to work intensively over the summer on three Indigenous enterprises of priority to the far West Zone of New South Wales. Projects included food security, solar power generation and an Indigenous Centre of Excellence proposal.

Bundian Way & Corrective Services

Eden, NSW

The Bundian Way is an ancient and NSW Heritage Listed Aboriginal walking track stretching from Eden on the coast to the Snowy Mountains. Students created a report evaluating the economic and social cost/benefits of collaborating with the Department of Corrective Services (DCS) whereby Aboriginal offenders would have the opportunity to work on the development of the culturally significant trail.

Craft To Inspire (C2I)

Hanoi, Vietnam

Craft to INSPIRE (C2I) is an enterprise producing goods from brocade materials & hand-woven fabric by Hmong & Thai ethnic minority and wholesaling and exporting them. Students assisted with the creation of an enhanced product design strategy and improved e-commerce plan.

Grandpa’s Garden

Hanoi, Vietnam

Grandpa’s Garden is an enterprise providing vocational training around handmade cosmetics with ingredients from nature. Students researched the Australian cosmetics market and built a strategy for entering the country via franchise options.

Granite Town Festival

Moruya, NSW

Creation of a five-year strategic business plan for the Granite Town Jazz, Food and Funk Festival.

Greater Western Sydney Community Garden

Camden, NSW

The project planned for the creation of a community farm, orchard & nursery on 25 hectares of land in Camden, NSW. The land will be used by communities across the Greater West of Sydney. Students prepared a feasibility study for the establishment of a revenue neutral sustainable operating farm with connections with the local TAFE college.

Lumburra Bimbi

Rockhampton, QLD

Lumburra Bimbi seeks to empower the Western Kangoulu people, enabling them to maintain cultural heritage, establish sustainable business development opportunities, and provide support for community activities to improve quality of life. This project explores employment opportunities for the local Aboriginal community through partnership with a new mine.

Marninwarntikura Bell Road Project

Fitzroy Crossing, WA

The Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre employs a holistic approach to serve Indigenous women and children. This project includes analysing how to best maximise social benefits and returns, developing a business plan, and financial modelling around a staff accommodation development.

North West Land Corporation BioEnergy

Dubbo, NSW

NWLT is considering creating a BioEnergy initiative whereby invasive native species would be collected and processed in Dubbo to produce energy, fertilisers and other soil productivity improvers. Students analysed income generation models, employment opportunities, environmental benefits, training opportunities and social and cultural benefits in making the BioEnergy project a reality.

Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC)

North Stradbroke Island, QLD

QYAC manages the recognised Native Title rights and interests of the Quandamooka people, with a business unit that focuses on providing quality project services to industry and government, promoting economic development, and enabling local island business to compete successfully for work. This project explores cultural tourism and educational opportunities.

Thanh Nguyen

Hanoi, Vietnam

Thanh Nguyen is an enterprise of deaf-mute people in Hanoi, which provides services and training in hairdressing, makeup and nails. Students worked with the enterprise to plan on strategically scaling activities while improving quality of service.

Warren Shire Economic Development

Warren, NSW

Analysis of initiatives to stimulate the local economy historically dependent on agricultural businesses.