• Karlka FenceWright celebrates multi-million dollar fencing contract
    May 24 2022

    BHP Asset President WA Iron Ore Mr Brandon Craig announced BHP will more than double its spend with Indigenous venders in next two financial years at an event with the Nyiyaparli people in Newman, celebrating the signing of a $9.2 million contract with Karlka FenceWright – a wholly owned subsidiary of the Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation (KNAC).

    As reported in Business News the Karlka FenceWright contract will see five kilometres of fencing panels fabricated locally and installed across BHP’s six residential villages around Newman.

    Up to 80 people will be employed on the fencing project and Karlka is seeking to employ Indigenous people in at least 15 per cent of those roles. Many of the fencing panels will feature the work of Traditional Owner, senior Nyiyaparli elder and artist Victor Parker. The fencing upgrade is part of a $300m security upgrade project across all BHP WAIO camps.

    “Our partnership with Karlka FenceWright and the Nyiyaparli people, which we are celebrating today, is just one of many wonderful partnerships that we hope to build upon into the future,” said Mr Craig.


    “Contracts like this support the growth of Indigenous enterprise and innovation and create new opportunities for those businesses to support their own communities – something Indigenous business does best,” he added.


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    Karlka Developments’  acting CEO Mr Tony Usher thanked the entire team at Karlka FenceWright for the tireless work involved in getting the project to this point.

    “We are very proud and honoured to announce the $9.2m fencing contract Awarded to us by BHP Projects.  Special mention and thank you to local Nyiyaparli Elder and Artist, Victor Parker, for the stunning design works used on the fencing panels that will be installed across the project in the townsite of Newman,” he said.

    “The project provides us with a great opportunity to employ some of our Local Nyiyaparli Members to work on country throughout the execution phase of what is a very exciting project,” Mr Usher said.


  • Sodexo in joint venture with Native Title Groups secures $165M contract with Fortescue Metals Group
    Dec 17 2019

    The announcement expands Sodexo’s operations in Australia, while cementing its position as the leading provider of integrated facilities management services in the energy and resources sector.

    Sodexo, world leader in quality of life services, announced it had been awarded a three-year contract, together with local Native Titlegroups, for the provision of village services with global iron ore producer, Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue).

    Assets comprise Fortescue’s major camps Hamilton, Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek, where Sodexo is working in a joint venture with Native Titlegroups Kariyarra Group, Palyku Group and Karlka Group, to ensure positive community engagement and quality of service.

    As part of the contract, Sodexo and the Joint Ventures will work with Fortescue to provide services ranging from accommodation to transport and wellbeing, enhancing the quality of life for workers living on site across Fortescue’s operations in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

    Across the three Fortescue sites, Sodexo will provide a range of village services, including accommodation services management to approximately 3,000 workers in a typical week, catering services–serving up to 8,500 meals daily, industrial cleaning, retail, health and wellbeing, transport and airport management services, as well as trade-based maintenance services delivery at Hamilton.

    The announcement is an important milestone for Sodexo after acquiring Morris Corporation two years ago, which expanded Sodexo’s portfolio of facilities management operations in Australia. Morris had been Fortescue’s contractor since 2009.

    Darren Hedley, Sodexo CEO of Energy & Resources Asia-Pacific, said the ongoing work with Fortescue showed both companies were aligned in improving quality of village life, and valued strong engagement with communities.

    “We’re looking forward to working with our Joint Venture partners, Kariyarra Group, Palyku Group and Karlka Group, and Fortescue as we continue to identify opportunities for constant improvements across the sites to deliver the best outcomes for Fortescue,with a priority being maintaining safety and quality operations for its growing workforce,” he said.

    Elizabeth Gaines, Chief Executive Offer, Fortescue said, “These contracts are awarded on merit. Each of our business partners have competitively demonstrated their commercial ability to deliver the contracted services and by working within a joint venture, the Aboriginal business have the support and opportunity to increase their active participation and build long term sustainability.”

  • Aboriginal businesses receive Rio Koodaideri iron ore contract wins
    Aug 13 2019

    Rio Tinto has awarded Pilbara Aboriginal businesses with more than A$60 million ($41 million) of work associated with the development of its 43 Mt/y Koodaideri iron ore development in Western Australia.

    The most significant package of work awarded to date has been secured by White Springs, which will supply more than 600,000 t of ballast for the rail line for the Koodaideri mine, Rio said.

    The contract will require the establishment of the Bea Bea Creek quarry, which will be the first Indigenous owned and operated quarry in Western Australia.

    Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive, Chris Salisbury, said: “We’ve been operating in the Pilbara for more than 50 years and we couldn’t have built the world-class iron ore business we have today without the support of local and Pilbara Aboriginal businesses.

    “These contract awards highlight the growing level of expertise that sit within these businesses and we are proud to be partnering with them to help develop our most technologically advanced mine.”

    Other recent significant awards to Aboriginal businesses for work on the Koodaideri project include:

    Kurtarra Cape USA JV

    Kurtarra, as part of the Kurtarra Cape USA, will install 170 km of fibre optic cable as part of the new rail line after securing a contract. Kurtarra was established in 2012 and is a 100% Aboriginal family-owned company originating from the Palkyu area of the Pilbara.


    Ngurrara will undertake earthworks for construction of the Pelican Rail Camp. Ngurrara is a wholly-owned Pilbara Aboriginal business and has Indigenous engagement management plans in place to support local Aboriginal communities.

    Yanagu Horizon

    Yanagu Horizon will perform the bulk earthworks and drainage works for the Crossing Rail Camp. As well as being a Pilbara Aboriginal business, Yanagu’s JV partner, Yurala Contracting, is owned and operated by Banjima Traditional Owners, whose country is located in Central Pilbara.

    Construction & Development Solutions (iCads)

    iCads will undertake project surveying services to support the construction of the mine and rail scope for the project. iCads is a 51% Aboriginal-owned business that offers attractive employment and subcontracting opportunities for Pilbara Aboriginal businesses.

    Karlka Fencewright WA

    Karlka Fencewright will supply and install the fence along the northern rail alignment. Karlka Fencewright is a 100% Pilbara Aboriginal business owned by Karlka Developments, which is the commercial arm of the Pilbara-based Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation. It’s a wholly-owned Traditional Owner company registered in the Pilbara.

    Yurala (trading as Yurala Aboriginal Contracting Services)

    Yurala has secured a contract to undertake miscellaneous earthworks along the Koodaideri project’s rail alignment and the associated roads. Yurala is a 100% Pilbara Aboriginal-owned business, its owner representing the Banjima people who are recognised as the traditional owners of the Central Pilbara.

    Lorrex Contracting

    Lorrex Contracting is responsible for the construction of three access roads within the mine site. The works comprise clearing, bulk earthworks, drainage and pavement construction. Lorrex Contracting is an incorporated Aboriginal business with equal ownership between Lorrex Civil and Mining Pty Ltd and iContracting Pty Ltd. Lorrex Civil and Mining Pty Ltd is located in the Youngaleena Community, which is situated to the west of the Koodaideri mine site.

    Koodaideri, 100%-owned by Rio Tinto, is located around 35 km northwest of Rio Tinto’s Yandicoogina mine site, and about 110 km from the town of Newman. The $2.6 billion mine was approved in November last year with construction commencing earlier this year. Production capacity of the mine will be 43 Mt annually and is expected to commence by the end of 2021.

  • Connect 18 Supply Nation Event
    May 25 2018

    Karlka Developments entities FenceWright and KRG (Karlka Recruiting Group) attended the Indigenous Business Tradeshow in Sydney.

    KRG Director Tanya Drage and FenceWright director Natalie Parker attended the event to represent the interests of the Nyiyaparli People.

    This was a great opportunity to showcase our great companies and the products and services they can provide. Major corporations and procurement professionals attended the event and where impressed with our services. This event was for Australia’s supply diversity community and to facilitate engagement through Federal/State Indigenous Procurement Policy.

  • Walk to support breast cancer research
    May 20 2018

    Director Tanya Drage, Karlka Developments staff with Nicole Drage representing KNAC and families attended the 5 km walk in Port Hedland to support breast cancer research.

    A fun event to support a worthy cause.

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