Indigenous business case studies

As part of the 100 Faces of Small Business campaign, 9 Indigenous businesses were selected from across Queensland to share their stories and inspire other Queensland small businesses to start, grow and employ.

Click on the name of a businessperson below to see stories, videos and social media for each business.

    Tiarnie Mueller

    Outdoor Solutions Queensland
    Portsmith, Far North Queensland

    Landscape gardening in the tropics of Far North Queensland involves specialised skills and knowledge of the environment. Outdoor Solutions, based in Cairns, delivers landscaping expertise and provides employment for Indigenous and long-term unemployed people.

    Juan Walker

    Walkabout Cultural Adventures
    Cooya Beach, Far North Queensland

    Walkabout Cultural Adventures in Far North Queensland is offering Australian and international visitors an authentic and unique tour experience. The operation has been recognised as an outstanding Aboriginal business, being selected for Tourism Australia's Signature Experience collective 'Discover Aboriginal Experiences'.

    Glenda Pastoor

    Phoenix Security Services
    Ryan, North Queensland (including north west)

    Starting out working for a security business, Glenda Pastoor bought the business and set out on a mission to expand its services. A successful Indigenous businesswoman in the male dominated sector of security, Glenda helped Phoenix Security rise from the ashes.

    Michael Mundey

    Sports Turf Services
    Guanaba, SEQ

    A proudly Indigenous family-owned business, Sports Turf Services specialises in constructing and maintaining innovative sports turf solutions. Mick and his father Max have constructed and managed turf services across South East Queensland for over 15 years.

    Petina Tieman

    Complete Business Solutions (QLD)
    Cairns City, Far North Queensland

    Going from adversity to triumph has ensured that Petina Tieman and Paul Gear, founders of Complete Business Solutions (QLD),  maintain a strong sense of humanity. Despite the success of their small business consultancy service, they still find time to provide services pro-bono to struggling small businesses and other disadvantaged members of the Queensland business community.

    Murray Saylor

    Tagai Management Consultants
    Woolloongabba, SEQ

    Proud of its Torres Strait Islander traditions and heritage, Tagai Management Consultants specialises in procurement and supply chain, business advisory, and community development services in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. They help businesses improve sustainability and growth, and facilitate Indigenous community development.

    Sharine Milne

    R.H.D. Classic Supplies & Services
    Aitkenvale, North Queensland (including north west)

    R.H.D. Classic Supplies & Services is a Townsville motorbike mechanic shop with a difference. With one of only a handful of female bike mechanics in Queensland, R.H.D also helps rehabilitate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sufferers, trains TAFE and school students and modifies motorbikes for riders with disabilities.

    Ricky Talbott

    North Lakes, SEQ

    Attempting to find a work life balance, Ricky Talbott quit his job to start his own small business. With the experience he had learned throughout his career, he established Civtecqld, a proudly Indigenous business dedicated to delivering electrical, telecommunications, civil engineering and renewable energy services.

    Shane Lui

    Strait Support
    Cairns, Far North Queensland

    Strait Support is an Indigenous owned and managed business in Cairns which specialises in increasing Indigenous participation in the workforce. It achieves this by becoming a project partner with employers and provides mentoring for Indigenous employees.

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