BBC have teamed with Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation (LNAC) to create a landmark development in Darwin – The First Australian Hotel and accommodation precinct. This will incorporate, initially, a 4-star hotel, followed by serviced apartments and a small residential aged care facility.
Together, these facilities will form the basis of an Indigenous-owned and operated accommodation precinct, whose focus will be on creating practical pathways to Indigenous employment and nurturing Indigenous enterprise through associated business opportunities.
Over the past three years, BBC has built a significant supply chain with partners and suppliers to the accommodation industry through an international campaign which targeted major companies in the US, the UK, China and Thailand. This campaign identified and qualified appropriate partners who would augment local capability in the creation of mining accommodation villages.
Through the course of this campaign, BBC established a new division for a major construction client, specifically designed to develop new mining accommodation facilities.
As a part of the qualification process for this group, BBC became aware of broader social and economic issues for Indigenous people in the mining regions, who are reaping very limited benefit from the mining boom, despite much of the development occurring on Indigenous land.
BBC set out to discover a commercially viable means by which to capture the opportunities available, leveraging from the demand for regional accommodation and skills, and by establishing partnerships with local Indigenous groups, enabling them to participate in and profit from these projects.
The First Australian Hotel project is the realisation of this concept.
Further information about The First Australian Hotel, including information about opportunities to secure accommodation will soon be available on our website, firstaustralianhotel.com.au.