June 2016 Client Stories

Andrew Wilson, Handyman/builder (Patios, Decks, Carports & Pergolas)
Newcastle NSW | June 2016

NewcastleWhat is your business? How is your business going?
I’m getting a job done now building a deck. I’m very busy and booked up. There’s a four week wait now and the jobs (bookings) just sort of happened the last few days. Just this week, three jobs sorted. It’s really going good. It’s something to be really happy with.

Why did you want to go into business?
I used to build roof trusses and worked in a timber yard in Townsville. I used to do the sorting, cutting and building. Also did a bit of landscaping. Then I had a bad back and came back home to Newcastle. I was badly fatigued. In Newcastle, I did some courses – bus admin, an engineering course and a small business course. A few months ago, I built a pergola for my mum then got asked to build one for my mum’s friend. I thought I would love to do this for a job. Even my mum’s friend said I should get a business going.

How did you get into contact with Many Rivers? What services have you received from Many Rivers?
I started the NEIS program and Dylan came in and talked to the whole class. I thought this might be really what I need. Dylan’s been really amazing. Couldn’t say enough about Dylan. He’s that good. He’s been easy to access and easy to talk to. He’s helped me with finance, record keeping and stuff like that. Also cash flow and stuff like that. Dylan made it so much easier. I got a loan to buy equipment. He made it all possible, I couldn’t have done it. … Continue reading →

Philomena Lewis, Ngarlan Yarnin
Beagle Bay, West Kimberley WA | June 2016

Client Story | FY16Q4 West KimberleyWhat were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers?
I was working with the Aboriginal Medical Services in the Kimberley for the last 20+ years, firstly at Broome Regional Aboriginal Medical Services and then Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council. I have run many programs and visited many remote communities delivering health education programs to our people. I went to Halls Creek to do the same work there for a while, focusing on adult health for Closing the Gap.

Who referred you to Many Rivers? When?
Morrgul referred me to Many Rivers. That was in April this year.

Why did you want to go into business?
When I was in Halls Creek, I decided to go back home to Broome because my husband fell sick and I had to resign so I could be his caretaker. I was feeling my age, and wanted to retire doing something I enjoyed that would give me something to do. After my husband passed on, I started to get bored so decided to pick up tourism. I did the Morrgul tourism workshop, which was fantastic, and then I got connected with Susie Marr at Many Rivers. I grew up in Beagle Bay with my mother and father. I saw things as they happened; I was with my siblings and the old people when things happened; I can talk in my language, I can sing my language and I will always treasure that. And I like to tell my stories, that’s why it’s called “yarnin”. … Continue reading →

Trevor Abdullah, TrevMec Enterprises
East Kimberley WA | June 2016

Client Story | FY16Q4 East KimberleyWhat were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers?
Well, I’ve been a fitter for a long time. I’d spent over 20-25 years in mining, and I came back to Kununurra and did some contracting and ended up in Wyndham doing ship loading for iron ore.

Who referred you to Many Rivers? When?
Jim Lewis from Crosscountry Contractors pointed me in Peter’s direction about three years ago. I used to work at Branko’s, which was the BP garage and workshop. When I returned to Wyndham, I noticed this had closed down and contacted the previous owner who informed me that United Fuels had bought it and that they may be interested in leasing the workshop. I worked with Peter then to do a business plan, which we submitted to United Fuels, but we weren’t happy with what they were offering, so I came back to Kununurra and worked as a mechanic at Kununurra Auto Parts. After about eight months I said to Peter that I wanted to go out on my own. I approached Auto One to see if they were interested in leasing their workshop, which they were.

What is your business? How long has the business been operating?
I run a mechanical workshop in Kununurra. We have been operating since the second week of February. … Continue reading →

Bianca Monaghan & Dean Loadsman, Balun Budjarahm Cultural Experience
Grafton NSW | June 2016

GraftonWhat is your business?
Our main focus is an eight-week cultural course covering all aspects of culture, dance and language. It’s been going for about three months now so we’re relatively new. We’ve done one term for a preschool and a public school. We also do cultural awareness for businesses and NAIDOC celebrations. Core business is about educating people about our culture.

Who referred you to Many Rivers?
We went to Aboriginal Affairs to start with to get started. They referred us to David Butcher (ETC Aboriginal Business Advisory) and he referred us to Ofelia.

Why did you want to go into business?
Before I started, I worked for the Department of Education in schools. Dean was in juvenile justice before this. There is a massive need for culture within schools, which is very important. We wanted to make sure that we keep our culture. It’s not just for us, it’s for everyone and all the children. I was on maternity leave and was due to return to work. If you have to leave your child, it needs to be something meaningful. I wanted to do something that makes a difference so we decided to do this. We both work on the business full time and we love it. Uncle Roger Duros comes along with us as well. He’s a big part of our business.  … Continue reading →