First Nation Engineering celebrates first contract milestone

(L-R) First Nation Engineering (FNE) chief executive Moses Panashe and FNE director Glen Weir.
(L-R) First Nation Engineering (FNE) chief executive Moses Panashe and FNE director Glen Weir.

First Nation Engineering Pty Ltd (FNE) is celebrating the completion of its first contract, providing engineering design and procurement services to Northern Star Resources Ltd (ASX: NST) in relation to borefields expansions at Northern Star’s Thunderbox, Carosue Dam and KCGM Operations.

FNE is a registered Supply Nation Indigenous business, an incorporated joint venture (JV) between a subsidiary of the Carey Group — Australia’s leading Aboriginal commercial enterprise, with over 27 years of project delivery excellence in the mining, civil and training industries — and CPC Engineering — which began in the Goldfields more than 50 years ago and now offers end-to-end mining and infrastructure services for clients State-wide.

FNE is the first Indigenous company to offer comprehensive design, construction and maintenance services across the resources, energy, and agricultural sectors.

The JV was launched at the Diggers and Dealers conference last year.

FNE chief executive Moses Panashe says he is delighted that FNE had the opportunity to work with Northern Star.

“FNE is pleased to have partnered with Northern Star on this project,” he said.

“My hope is that we will continue to work with Northern Star in the future, and that this is just the beginning.

“The other benefit is that under the terms of the JV, a percentage of profits from First Nation Engineering projects are set aside for special purpose programs such as Indigenous scholarships.”

Carey Group is involved in Aboriginal training, employment, and community programs.

Northern Star’s KCGM operations general manager Kous Kirsten says Northern Star is “committed to establishing sustainable supply contracts with Indigenous businesses across the company’s Australian operations”.

“Northern Star recognises the value Indigenous businesses create within our supply chain, and the benefits they generate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and local economies,” Mr Kirsten said.

“Northern Star looks forward to developing many other opportunities to engage First Nation Engineering.”