When the State Government commenced a major transformation of maintenance contracts across WA, Alison Coffey and Tony DiFelice saw an opportunity to deliver tenders that had a high degree of focus on collaboration, indigenous participation and community engagement.
With the team’s commitment to WA's ‘Buy Local Policy’ and the advancement of Aboriginal participation objectives, Alison and Tony engaged over 50 local businesses and held over 20 local stakeholder meetings to develop a strategy that maximised the economic benefits our projects could bring to the community.
By engaging with and understanding the communities they work in, Alison and Tony secured great wins including a five-year contract servicing the Pilbara’s rural road networks - that could see Ventia operating in the Pilbara for the next decade.
To win, the team demonstrated an 85% local spend for the community paired with 21% of their Pilbara workforce identifying as Aboriginal. This was a proud moment for Alison and Tony given they have long been advocates of Ventia’s Aboriginal engagement through championing the preparation of our draft Reconciliation Action Plan.
Alison and Tony’s success reminds us that to truly make infrastructure work in our communities we must understand and collaborate with them.