Morris awards $14m Indigenous transport contract RESOURCE industry facilities management provider Morris Corporation has awarded a $14 million transport contract to an Indigenous joint venture thought to be the first of its type in Australia. Contract recipients Sadleirs Nexus MIB Transport Pty Ltd was formed between Western Australian Logistics Company Sadleirs Nexus Logistics and Pilbara traditional owner group Martu Idja Banyjima (MIB) Transport. The two-year freight services contract for Morris’ Western Australian operations is the largest the company has awarded to a JV of this nature. It follows a $435 million contract Morris won last year to provide catering and hospitality services through its various Indigenous joint ventures at Fortescue Metals Group’s Pilbara iron ore mines. “We went with Sadleirs/MIB because of sound freight and logistics knowledge, excellent facilities and infrastructure with a professional team. To cap this off, the new Indigenous partnership will contribute to the betterment of MIB people,” says Morris chief executive officer Rodney Molla. Sadleirs Nexus executive director Alun Powell is optimistic the partnership with MIB will provide genuine benefits to both parties. “The winning of the Morris contract is a fantastic start for Sadleirs Nexus MIB Transport and we are certainly looking forward to securing further clients keen to avail themselves to our unique logistics service offerings,” Powell says. “We are delighted our partnership will deliver both commercial returns for the shareholders – Sadleirs and the
Representatives from Morris Corp, MIB, Lionel Samson Sadleirs Group and Fortescue Metals Group
MIB people – and crucially, provide Indigenous people with real employment opportunities in the logistics field.” Morris’ strong commitment to Indigenous workforce participation was recognised with the 2013 Indigenous Employer of the Year Award by atWork Australia; a provider of Indigenous and disability employment services on behalf of the Australian Government. The award acknowledges Morris’ effective combination of recruitment screening, training, mentoring to maintain a 90 per cent retention rate among more than 50 Indigenous jobseekers employed through atWork Australia last year. Morris is also meeting an Indigenous target of nearly 10 per cent of staff employed at its sites.
We are delighted our partnership will deliver both commercial returns for the shareholders and crucially, provide Indigenous people with real employment opportunities in the logistics field. Alun Powell Morris Corp and Native Title Groups also provide facilities management services at FMG villages including the Christmas Creek Karntama Village (pictured)
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