Morris Corporation has won a $435 million contract to provide catering and hospitality through its Indigenous joint ventures at Fortescue's Pilbara operations.
According to Morris the contract covers seven villages (6800 rooms) and includes airport management.
The contract involves a number of separate joint ventures with Morris and its Indigenous group partners Martu Idja Banyjima (MIB), Nyiyaparli, Palkyu, and the Kariyarra.
Rodney Molla, Morris Corp's CEO, said the company is "thrilled with winning this contract; [and] has previously been involved in similar Indigenous joint ventures and been working with Fortescue for a number of years".
It comes only weeks after Fortescue achieved its goal of providing more than $1 billion in contracts to Indigenous companies.
Molla added that "Fortescue also deserves high praise for their vision in encouraging Indigenous groups to work closely with the private sector".
The MIB people stated that they were "pleased to enter into another joint venture with Morris Corporation," adding that "the new venture continues to offer opportunities for local Aboriginal people and the MIB to continue developing their commercial expertise in operating catering and facilities services".
In addition to the contract wins, the joint ventures have also helped to lift Morris's Indigenous contingent to 15% of its workforce.