Client Stories

Colin Finlay, Earth moving
Toowoomba QLD | June 2019

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I have started a small earth moving company with my partner Libby. We are just starting out.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
I am an Indigenous man from South West Qld, Gunggari people. I have spent 19 years in construction working for other people.
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Adam Dunning, Sunset club productions
Melbourne VIC | June 2019

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I have a company that is split into 3 businesses. Music, production and a law firm. I’ve been doing parts of it for 10 years, but the arm that’s most relevant for Many Rivers is the production side.

I’m a creative who write songs, sells his voice and does some law.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
I was a lawyer, a criminal layer and a media lawyer. I was working in London for the BBC, but during this time I was also ducking off in the early mornings to moonlight with a BBC local radio station in … Continue reading →

Sandy and Wayne Allwright, Outback Desert Rose
Katherine NT | June 2019

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
We sell plants, mostly desert roses. We have 8,000 plants ready to be replanted, we have 2 major shadehouses, we have close to 100 different colours. People love the colour and the size of the tree.

We’ve been doing this for 4 years now as a business. We’re getting our crops up, selling more plants, including things like hibiscus, frangipani. We’ve sold over to Townsville, Mount Isa. We’ve had a bloke take some back to Tasmania!

To sell interstate, have to spray them, put a certificate on them. Kill the bugs, give them a chance to die, use fresh soil .… Continue reading →

Frances Duggan, Painter
Melbourne VIC | June 2019

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I’ve been working as a painter for about 3 years. I’d done 30 years in office work and couldn’t do it any longer. I needed a change and fell in with painting. I was working as a brush hand for a senior painter that was semi-retired. He wanted to train someone to send his clients to.

I worked with him for 18 months and learnt how to do high quality painting.

Most painting before NEIS was with another painter or working on small jobs. NEIS was about growing my business. … Continue reading →

Eva Spiteri, Artist
Katherine NT | June 2019

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
What I am doing is taking an existing product and putting my own design on it. It’s not with a traditional aboriginal art design more modern.

I don’t have a specific technique or style yet, that’s something I’m still working on. At the moment, I have lots of stories from growing up and I’m trying them out on small canvases.

I’m still in the prep stage. I couldn’t bring any of my stock from my work for the dole activity, so even though I’ve been working on my art for a while, I had to start from scratch… Continue reading →

Brenden Miles, Printer
Roma QLD | June 2019

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?

Just started. Sublimation printing on coffee mugs, drink bottles and clocks. We also do business promotional items.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers? What was your previous work experience?
I am bipolar. I have done a bit of everything – contracting, race car engineer, lots of odd jobs. I wanted to find myself in life and get off Centrelink benefits.… Continue reading →