Indigenous mining contractor Gumala Enterprises has celebrated 20 years of business in Western Australia.
The Perth-based company, which focuses on mining, contracting and the tourism industry, was established in 1997 following the signing of the historic Yandi Land Use Agreement with Rio Tinto.
Gumala has delivered key services for a range of projects across the Pilbara over the past two decades and operated the Karjini Eco Retreat.
Darren Injie, Gumala chairman, said partnerships had been the key to the organisation’s success and relationships would remain at the heart of its business model.
“While we have acknowledged Gumala’s rich history and the milestones of the past 20 years, 2017 has also been a time to look towards the future,” Injie said.
“We have a commercially astute board which brings a diverse mix of skills and experience to table and we have placed great emphasis on adding strong, financial rigour and greater efficiencies across our operations.
“The board is now focused on strategies to strengthen and diversify Gumala and we think there are some exciting opportunities ahead.”
Acting chief executive Doug Grewar echoed Injie’s comments, saying there was potential to expand Gumala’s contracting services into other WA regions and to build on the success of its Karijini Eco Retreat with other tourism projects.
“The mining and construction sectors in WA are starting to experience green shoots again and Gumala Enterprises is well placed to be part of the next wave of activity,” Grewar said.
Gumala returns benefits to the Gumala Aboriginal Corp serving the Banyjima, Innwonga and Nyiyaparli people in the Pilbara.