Centrefarm is a Panel Member of Indigenous Business Australia’s Business Development and Assistance Program and is available to undertake fee-for-service consultancies throughout Australia.
We specialise in the economic development of Aboriginal lands in regional and remote areas and our services include:
- economic development scoping studies
- feasibility studies
- business planning and advice
- strategic planning and advice
- assistance with development regulatory approval processes
- assistance with identifying sources of development funding
- assistance with establishment of corporate structures
- assistance with corporate management, including governance
Centrefarm is guided by a ‘two-way’ principle that seeks to match Aboriginal cultural requirements with solid business principles for long-term success.
We operate in close association with the Traditional Owner groups in each location, and with the relevant Land Council.
Centrefarm is available for remote area consultancies and offers specific technical and management services in:
- natural resource assessment and monitoring
- groundwater and surface water investigations
- core infrastructure planning, design and development (e.g. bore fields) to meet urban, community, mining and agricultural requirements
- regulatory approvals
- contract management
- project management
Centrefarm utilises Aboriginal field teams wherever possible and prefers to engage Aboriginal people from the area proximate to the work being undertaken.
Examples of Consultancies
Ngukurr Region Economic Development Opportunities — A Scoping Study
A three-month project to scope the range of economic opportunities available to the Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation as representatives of the Ngukurr and Numbulwar communities in the Gulf of Carpentaria region of the NT. The project involved visits to the region by three Centrefarm staff and an associate and resulted in a comprehensive report outlining the opportunities and recommendations for actions to realise them. Follow-up consultancies to develop opportunities are planned for mid-2012.
Effective Water Planning — An Indigenous Engagement Framework
A 12-month project for the NT Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport, funded by the Australian Government through the National Water Commission’s Raising National Water Standards Program. Centrefarm engaged with the NT Government, the Northern Land Council, the North Australia Land and Sea Management Alliance, the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority and the First Peoples Water Engagement Council as well as with the Aboriginal community of Wadeye in developing comprehensive protocols for effective and collaborative engagement between all parties over water planning processes. The resulting report is recognised as best practice industry standard for water planning with Indigenous Australians.
Dutjahn Enterprises — Enterprise Development in Wiluna, WA
A three-month project funded through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (WA) to prepare a Business Plan for the proposed Dutjahn Enterprises, a wild-harvest sandalwood collection and processing business based in Wiluna, WA. The project involved visits to Wiluna by two Centrefarm staff and resulted in a bankable business plan for the clients, a Martu man and his family.
Alekarenge Borefield Development, NT
With funding from the Aboriginals Benefit Account, Centrefarm project designed and managed the development of a bore field to service the leases on the Warrabri Aboriginal Land Trust. The project included drilling, pump testing, strata and water sampling and analysis, hydrogeological assessment and the preparation of an operational and monitoring plan. The original agreement was for 12 bores delivering 2000ML of water, but Centrefarm successfully managed the project to develop 21 bores (both production and monitoring) delivering up to 5000ML. There has since been a highly successful horticultural development on 96Ha of the leased land, with an exciting new project under development for the remaining leases.