DKACEO Lauren Ganley and Lendlease Head of Indigenous Engagement, Cath Brokenborough, signing the MOU which will build on the aligned objectives of the two organisations.
Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) has signed an MOU with Lendlease, a leading international property and infrastructure group, to create collaborations that impact positively on desert and remote Australia.
Building on the aligned objectives of the two organisations, DKA and Lendlease’s work together will promote opportunities for social and economic development in Central Australia.
DKA and Lendlease have begun collaborating on a number of projects including a co-working space at the Desert Knowledge Precinct in Alice Springs. This co-working space will provide new ways of working that support collaboration and innovation, for DKA and its tenants in the Business and Innovation Centre. It will also be home to DKA’s regional incubator that will support Aboriginal businesses to thrive.
Last year Lendlease visited Alice Springs to explore opportunities to showcase Indigenous innovation across their projects. They also experienced bespoke cultural immersion programs hosted by DKA, learning about the kinship system, skin names, bush food, bush medicine, and Arrernte culture. Lendlease used this experience to guide their protocols around working with Aboriginal people and projects.
“DKA has already created areas for collaboration with Lendlease including the creation of a co-working space for Aboriginal businesses. They’ve also given our team a truly unforgettable experience on Arrernte country,” said Lendlease Head of Indigenous Engagement, Cath Brokenborough.
“We’re looking forward to strengthening our connection with DKA through collaborative projects that support Indigenous Australians,” said Ms Brokenborough.
“DKA’s partnership with an international company like Lendlease shows that remote Australia has something really unique and meaningful to offer,” said DKACEO Lauren Ganley.
“DKA is committed to working with organisations that bring a positive impact to Central Australia, and we’re grateful to have access to Lendlease’s expertise working together on innovative projects.”