We are very extremely excited about getting MANA developments concept operationalised and generating community-owned businesses and flow-on opportunities.- Marcus Clarke
A new business arm of the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation will support the region's indigenous community to gain an economic foothold in the local economy, create jobs and support supply chains.
The project, titled MANA Developments, is aimed at creating new businesses and ventures which boost the social prosperity and economic independence of Eastern Maar people.
Mana (meaning 'Lift up' in the Kirrae Whurrong language) Developments will start as an in-house team within the corporation with the intention of transitioning it to a standalone, self-sustaining venture in the first two years of operation.
It will provide direct overarching support to business ventures to ensure they sustainably scale, expand and generate demand for their offerings.
EMAC chief executive officer Marcus Clarke said building economic independence was a strong ambition of Eastern Maar people.
"We are very extremely excited about getting MANA developments concept operationalised and generating community-owned businesses and flow-on opportunities from that such as employment, capability building and professional development for Eastern Maar Community Members," he said.
"[It's part of] our community-owned Country Plan which is essentially a strategic plan that sets forth goals, dreams and priorities of our community.
In that plan 'Building economic independence' features heavily and is a strong ambition of our people.
"We were successful in a recent funding round through the Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions which was a funding opportunity aimed at supporting programs and ideas that supports income streams and sustainable jobs for Aboriginal Victorians."
EMAC is seeking a general manager to develop the MANA Developments project. Applicants can find more information here.
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