Category: Indigenous in Business
Steve Fordham is a proud 27-year-old Kamilaroi man from Muswellbrook. At the age of 13, Steven was told he was going to die due to a benign polyp found in the middle of his brain. Having survived this early scare, Steven committed to live life to the fullest, not allowing anything to hold him back, while helping those around him. Following several years as a boilermaker, Steven decided to go out on his own and in 2016 he decided to establish Blackrock Industries with business partner Glen Finnan. With $20,000 between them, an old tipper truck and 2 employees, Blackrock Industries entered the mining sector by providing earthworks, demolition, fencing, construction, and labour-hire services. Three years on and the company has increased its annual turnover by 400% and now employs almost 100 people, many through an inmate program, ‘Second Chance for Change’, providing Indigenous inmates a second chance at life.
“They say my people came from the dream time; but this feels like my dream time .
My life has been on such a journey from the time I was a kid to where my life is now. We would not have achieved what we have without the support of our staff who are part of this dream. The opportunities Blackrock industries gives to not only me and my business partner, but my mob also is very rewarding. This award means a lot to us; not for the bragging rights but to be recognized for our achievements and all the hard work our team puts in each and every day. This award showcases these achievements.
When I found out more about the EBA awards; I looked at the previous winners and their stories and thought; this is a great opportunity to showcase diversity and inclusion within the Australian market.”
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