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New Waalitj Foundation partnership


NEWS UPDATE 22.03.2024

New Waalitj Foundation partnership

Arc Infrastructure has commenced a new partnership with the Waalitj Foundation, totalling $300,000 over three years.

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Arc Infrastructure is pleased to be commencing a new partnership with the Waalitj Foundation (formerly known as the Wirrpanda Foundation) in 2024, totalling $300,000 over three years.

The new partnership follows on from a $30,000 contribution Arc made to the Waalitj Foundation as the recipient of the 2022 Christmas donation.

This year’s funding will be allocated towards the purchase of a van for the Deadly Sista Girlz location at Halls Head in the South West and sporting equipment, uniforms, program rewards, on-country cultural activities, healthy food options and training for the Waalitj Boys at Clontarf Aboriginal College at Waterford in the Perth Metro area.

Arc will provide $100,000 to cover the cost of a full-time Indigenous Employment Mentor in the Kalgoorlie Aboriginal Waalitj Foundation pre-employment program for 2025, which will include the provision of a work vehicle and laptop.

In the final year of the Principal Partnership, Arc will contribute $100,000 to support Aboriginal businesses by funding Waalitj Hub initiatives and services in 2026. The funding will be directed towards running Business Builder events and enabling Waalitj Hub coaches to visit communities to ensure Waalitj Hub services are accessible to those areas beyond the Perth Metro region. 

This includes building business capability through targeted business support services such as risk management and legal support, marketing and communications, tendering and contract execution, pre-qualification and project compliance.

Arc Infrastructure Chief Executive Officer Murray Cook said the business is pleased to be continuing to build the relationship with the Waalitj Foundation. 

“Waalitj Foundation will be joining organisations such as Foodbank WA, Lifeline WA and the Constable Care Foundation as one of Arc Infrastructure’s Principal Partners, to be a part of a long-lasting, meaningful and positive impact on WA communities,” Mr Cook said.

“As the manager of the State’s freight rail network, we recognise our responsibility in progressing reconciliation in Western Australia.

“The Principal Partnership with the Waalitj Foundation aligns with the goals outlined in Arc Infrastructure’s Reconciliation Action Plan around creating respectful relationships which foster social and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader community.

“Arc Infrastructure is excited to help the Waalitj Foundation build self-esteem and confidence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers and businesses to thrive.”

To learn more about the Waalitj Foundation, visit their website.

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