Thursday, October 19, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Fostering Indigenous Business Awareness and Collaboration

Each Friday in October, Mackay Regional Council’s Economic Development team hosts a ‘lunch and learn’ event, Yarning Together, as part of celebrating Indigenous Business Month.

The weekly event was created as a platform for the business community to come together in a casual setting, to promote and showcase Indigenous businesses by ‘having a yarn’ and spreading awareness of their prominence in the Mackay region.

Mackay Regional Council Director of Planning, Growth and Sustainability, Aletta Nugent, said the first event on 6th October was a great success for all in attendance, with others dropping by to find out more about the event.

“The main goal of these events is to assist local Indigenous businesses to gain more visibility and access to potential customers and partners,” Ms Nugent said.

“The business representative is given a platform to showcase their products and services. This involves yarning and storytelling about their products or services and distributing promotional materials,” she said.

Ms Nugent said there was also an emphasis on fostering collaboration and partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses and organisations.

“This provides real opportunities for attendees to network with Indigenous business owners, potential partners, investors, and customers and build future relationships,” she said.

Yarning Together events are open to everyone, with the best way to get involved being to attend the event as a participant.

By attending, you can show your support for Indigenous businesses and learn more about their products and services.

You can join the final two Yarning Together events on Fridays from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the City Centre, outside 77 Victoria Street.

For further information on Indigenous Business Month, visit

Attendees celebrate Indigenous Business Month at Yarning Together event - Photo supplied

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