March 2016 Client Stories

Jacinta Lane, J.J.Lane Indigenous Art
Newman, Pilbara WA | March 2016 

The business journey for 15-year old Wajarri/Yamatji artist, Jacinta Lane, has been a whirlwind since meeting Field Officer Leeuwin Beeck at her high school in Newman in early 2015.  Leeuwin had been working with Newman Senior High School as part of the Many Rivers’ Small Business in Schools competition (SBIS), and it was in this context that he met Jacinta and recognised her extraordinary talent. Leeuwin was well-acquainted with Jacinta’s mother, who works at Pilbara Job Link (now EPIC), an organisation which has been a key stakeholder in the SBIS. … Continue reading →

Suzy Evans, Indigenous artist from the Kamilaroi people of Moree
Moree NSW | March 2016

What is your business?
I started doing lino print onto cards which grew into silk
screening tea towels and cushion covers. I do paintings as well. My business has been operating since 2003 and I’ve had my stuff stocked in National Gallery shops around the country.

Who referred you to Many Rivers? When?
Westpac Moree put me onto Many Rivers a couple of months ago. I was referred to Natalie because of my personal situation which I don’t want printed in the report. Basically I had no resources or money to get my business going again.  … Continue reading →

Lane Brookes, Mandandanji Cultural & Heritage Services
Roma QLD | March 2016 

Lane recently won the Young Legend of the Year at the Australia Tidy Town Awards in Toodyay, Western Australia.

What is your business?
My business is called Deadly Way which is an Aboriginal cultural business. It’s anything aboriginal you can think but I’m an artist more than anything which is a pretty major focus. I do also do traditional dancing, performance and run workshops, cultural awareness training and identity stuff. I do school visits, art workshops, cultural tours. It’s been going on and off since last year and officially started in November.

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers?
I was a teacher’s aid at schools and I’ve done some stuff with the kids.  … Continue reading →

Kiley King, PetzSpar
East Kimberley WA | March 2016

What were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers?
I was working at the hospital.  I was a phlebotomist, working in pathology.

What is your previous work history and experience?
Before I worked as a phlebotomist, I worked with Allied Health as a Therapy Assistant for about six or seven years.

Who referred you to Many Rivers? When?
Anita from the Small Business Centre referred me to Peter; that was in November 2013.

Why did you want to go into business?
I was pretty much over being in the hospital, and working in the health system; it just wasn’t me anymore.  I’d been in the health sector for over nine years, so it felt like it was time to change.  I have a massive love for animals – a little more than the average person, and I had seen that there wasn’t a mobile dog washing service in town, so I thought I’d give it a go.  … Continue reading →

Patricia and Clifton Badal
Port Hedland WA | March 2017

FY17Q3 North East PilbaraWhat were you doing before you made contact with Many Rivers?
I was actually unemployed and was thinking that there was nothing for us to do out there. Clifton was doing his training as an Aboriginal Health Worker with the Aboriginal medical service in South Hedland, and I [Patricia] was a homemaker.

Who referred you to Many Rivers? When?
We were referred to Many Rivers by Barb at the Kariyarra Native Title Trust. That was last year. … Continue reading