Pilbara Aboriginal Investments (PAI)

Pilbara Aboriginal Investments (PAI), also known as the Services Division of Eastern Guruma is just one avenue that has, for the past few months, broadened our scope of capabilities and works, as well as provided continual opportunities for growth.

Earlier in the year, PAI won the award for a new contract with Rio Tinto, operating the cleaning services and grounds maintenance of four mine sites in the Tom Price and Paraburdoo area. The success of this contract and the work it generates encourages our focus on increasing Aboriginal employment and professional development, as well as leading to further opportunities for local work through the Paraburdoo store.

PAI team doing morning stretches

Joyce Rasavo conducting a vehicle pre-start

At present, there are 46 personnel employed who are responsible for an array of daily tasks. Among these include (but are not limited to) cleaning and gardening services around the Rio Tinto site offices, facilities, crib rooms, and staff toilets, as well as total grounds maintenance across the operating sites. While certain challenges arose in the stages of PAI’s inception, such as perpetuating the high standards set by PAI and ensuring all team members were well integrated and familiar with procedures, after only a month’s operations the number of incidents and/or injuries were nil, and cleaning standards had improved dramatically in all areas.

Led by Project Manager Kristy-Lee Erceg, the PAI team has worked extremely hard in the start-up phase of this project, and is particularly passionate about growing the number of employees across this duration of this project, in order create more business opportunities for PAI and Eastern Guruma as well as encouraging more Indigenous residents to work within these types of services.

Vincene Walker and Manne Hurlbatt

PAI team (R-L): Joyce Rasavo, Rachel Monks, Jane Pak , Julie Anne Leahy, Brittany Hanson, Brian Fleay, Lea Siladi, Susan Miller, Joshua Melbourne, Lyla-Rose Eketone, Brent Liddle, Edan Collard

This contract is a great opportunity for PAI as it will run for 5 years, with a 10-year option to extend. Regarding future growth, an office in the Tom Price Light Industrial Area will be the base for training and establishment of a mechanical workshop and storage. PAI will also be operating a retail shop in Paraburdoo with hardware, pool supplies, and garden and maintenance equipment. In achieving these goals, the PAI team hope to build this section of the business in order to provide ongoing employment to local residents in the area.