2019 WINNER: Envirobank Recycling

Narelle Anderson

Category: Indigenous in Business

As a young girl, Narelle Anderson was paid $6 per week by the Australian government to attend school. It was this payment which first made her aware of her Indigenous heritage. After getting her first job at the age of 14 and leaving school at 16, Narelle’s grit and resilience saw her build a successful career in the waste and recycling industry firstly with CBD recycling services which she sold and then with Envirobank which she started in 2007 using the $2 million she made from CBD’s sale. Today, Narelle employs about 100 staff with Envirobank’s turnover doubling from $10 million in 2017 to $20 million in 2018. Proud of her Indigenous heritage, Narelle aims to inspire other Indigenous entrepreneurs, especially young Aboriginal girls in the community, to get up and give it a go, because with hard work and determination, “anything is possible”.

“I feel very honoured to be acknowledged for our work. We see waste as a currency and that currency changes lives – we simply dream about cleaning up the country and providing opportunities wherever we go internally and externally.”

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