Centurion pushes forward despite WA downturn

Freight and logistics player sees action in north and east of state

Centurion pushes forward despite WA downturn
Fortescue community development manager Heath Nelson with Red Dirt Transport Services director Steven Dhu, in front of its new fuel tanker with artwork commissioned from Yindjibarndi artist Allery Sandy


Western Australia may have hit hard times but state transport and logistics provider Centurion is making at least two headlines for positive reasons.

In the north, its Aboriginal sustainable business partnership with Fortescue Metals has borne fruit with Red Dirt Transport Services subcontracted to for fuel delivery to Fortescue’s Pilbara-based operational sites as part of Fortescue’s Billion Opportunities program.

Centurion included the Aboriginal-owned company as part of its tender for Fortescue’s 36-month fuel delivery contract and helped the local business with vendor finance on a new vehicle to service the contract.

This paved the way for a mutually beneficial partnership that sets an outstanding example of building capacity through collaboration.

In a nod to their Aboriginal heritage, Red Dirt Transport Services commissioned Yindjibarndi artist Allery Sandy to design the new vehicle’s livery.

Red Dirt director Steven Dhu says the contract will provide significant growth opportunities for the business and allow the team to implement its strategies for Aboriginal employment and participation.

"We are very proud that we are able to provide meaningful socioeconomic development in the Pilbara with the support of companies like Fortescue and Centurion," Dhu says.

"We pay due respect to Centurion whose assistance and support can only be described as a credit to a large transport company."

Speaking of the partnership between Centurion and Red Dirt Transport Services, Centurion executive general manager Justin Cardaci says the company is committed to providing Aboriginal people and businesses opportunities to thrive as part of its ongoing operations and service to the resources industry.

"Fortescue has an outstanding reputation for building capacity in local Aboriginal communities and our partnership with Red Dirt, we believe, will truly make a difference, creating opportunities for these communities while helping the Red Dirt business to grow," Cardaci adds.

Fortescue has pushed the Billion Opportunities project hard since its inception in 2011, announcing three years ago that it had hit its initial target.

"We are tremendously proud to be partnering with companies that share our commitment to building stronger communities," CEO Nev Power says.

"This is a great example of one of our contracting partners going the extra mile to help build the capabilities of an Aboriginal business. It is these opportunities that are absolutely necessary to continue changing the economic landscape for Aboriginal people."

Meanwhile, the West Australian newspaper reports Centurion has gained a five-year freight contract with BHP’s Nickel West between Perth Airport and Kalgoorlie.

In what will be promising news for a state in dire straits following the end of the mining and resources boom, it says BHP is looking to ramp up nickel production there.

It quotes Cardaci as saying the deal bolsters existing Centurion’s business it does in the Kalgoorlie region and can be expected to help grow it.

ATN is awaiting a response from Centurion.


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