Creating sustainable Indigenous pathways
Biodiversity Australia’s Steven Noy is confident the Indigenous career pathways model they’ve just started in the Western Downs will have a lasting impact on the region.
Steven Noy is Biodiversity’s managing director and founder. He started the business in 2002, looking to combine his two passions: better managing human impact on the environment; and providing meaningful employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians.
Over the last 17 years the 100 per cent Indigenous-owned company has grown and now operates across locations in the Northern Territory, New South Wales and Queensland. Most recently, they’ve opened a workshop in Chinchilla, providing vegetation management services across the region for Shell’s QGC business.
There are now six Biodiversity staff working across the Western Downs. Steven plans to use this opportunity to grow their presence and employ more locals, with a particular focus on Indigenous employees.
“The fact that Shell’s QGC business invested in us over the long term gave us the confidence to come out and set up a base in Chinchilla,” Steven said.
“What we now want to do is use this to create a local Indigenous pathways model, based on a long-term sustainable approach.
“We’re able to do that through the vegetation management work we’re doing for Shell’s QGC business, which provides an opportunity to upskill our people and assist them to obtain certificates right through to diplomas in conservation and land management.
“That creates a pathway. And it’s not just a pathway with us. If they’ve got entrepreneurial skills and want to become a contractor on their own, we can nurture them through that. Also, the skills they’re learning with us are wanted by the various state ranger programs.”
Shayne Tull is one of Biodiversity’s newest employees. He’s moved to Dalby to take up the role, which he believes will help him achieve his goal of becoming a ranger on Iman Country.
“I want to go into conservation and land management, possibly a ranger job down the track. This job will be a great springboard for that,” Shayne said.
“Biodiversity can help me attain the certificates and tickets to allow that to happen.”
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