Our Worsley Alumina operation's Six Seasons Garden has been given an upgrade by Indigenous-owned construction and maintenance company, Marawar.
Marawar was introduced to Worsley at its first Indigenous Supplier Open Day last year, where local Indigenous businesses showcased their products and services to Worsley’s operational teams and major contractors.
The garden, designed in 2021 by Worsley employee and proud Wilman woman, Amy Shepherd and her father Ken Ninyette, now features a meeting space with a barbeque and seating area. The new addition was officially opened at a special ceremony during NAIDOC Week.
Marawar co-founder, Gerry Matera, said he was proud to partner with Worsley and deliver the project in time for the 2022 NAIDOC Week celebrations.
"It also gave us the opportunity to tap into our Indigenous supply chain and enlist the services of Dale Tilbrook, a proud Wardandi Bibbulmun woman, and Indigenous artist Martin Ugle who designed the beautiful laser cut screens."
Worsley’s Contractor Management Coordinator, Warren Barnett, said it was fantastic to see Marawar awarded the work after presenting its services and meeting the team at the open day.
"We’re really happy with the result – a brilliant addition to a meaningful place that can be enjoyed by everyone. I hope it sparks conversation and inspires more ideas around what we can do to support our local Indigenous communities.”
Worsley’s Category Principal, Ammie Davies, said that over the last 12 months, Worsley’s local sourcing team had worked closely with Indigenous-owned businesses in the community to identify capability, provide coaching and develop relationships.
"It is great to see this work resulting in genuine site-based opportunities. We’re excited to continue building connections and driving supply chain diversity," Ammie said.
Symbolising a ‘healing country’, the Six Seasons Garden is a tribute to the six seasons of the Noongar people of the South West of Western Australia.
The seasons, Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang, are indicated by changes in the environment around us, rather than by dates on a calendar.