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Western Australia Minister for Housing Bill Marmion

Housing Projects Helping Indigenous Training And Employment

Victor P Taffa

A State Government Urban Renewal Project is helping Indigenous People to gain trade qualifications.

Housing Minister Bill Marmion said a number of indigenous people had been employed to work on the Phoenix Rise Hamilton Hill Project as part of the Department of Housing’s commitment to providing employment and education opportunities for indigenous people.

“The Department strives to generate and integrate indigenous employment and training initiatives as part of its business operations and we have made this conditional in a number of new Projects.” Mr. Marmion said.

Some of the group have been pursuing a painting and decorating apprenticeship at the project, with Dean Wynne becoming the first person to gain his trade certificate as a Qualified Painter.


Mr. Wynne has been undertaking his apprenticeship for the past three years, but has worked on the Phoenix Rise Project since it started in 2004, before deciding to become a mature-age apprentice.

Mr. Wynne’s family has been heavily involved in the Phoenix Rise Project with his father Dean Wynne Snr establishing Indigenous Workabout Pty Ltd to help mentor young Aboriginal people interested in becoming employees in the building industry.

“I congratulate Mr Wynne on undertaking his apprenticeship and achieving his trade qualification.” the Minister said.

“He’s an inspiration to other young indigenous people and a great example of the positive benefits that the Government’s proactive approach to indigenous employment and training is having.” Mr. Marmion said.

Dean Jnr’s brother, Marcel, is also doing his painting apprenticeship at the Phoenix Rise Project and will double the number of qualified painters in the family business once he is finished.

The apprenticeship has been facilitated and funded by the department, with support from the Satterley Property Group; Department of Treasury and Finance; and Skill Hire.

The Phoenix Rise Urban Renewal Project started in 2004 and is focused on developing a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable lifestyle for the community and is part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to urban renewal across the State.


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