Paynter Dixon and GIRA partner to explore industry opportunities with First Nations peoples 

May 24, 2023 | General

Paynter Dixon is proud to announce a partnership with GIRA Group, a First Nations owned and operated lead contractor, specialising in creating and delivering construction projects.

GIRA, means ‘to lead’ in the Guthang language of the Dhungutti nation. Our two organisations share a vision to support First Nations self-determination through the promotion of economic participation and development, increasing Indigenous procurement spend and supply chain capability.

By leveraging collective experience, GIRA and Paynter Dixon will work towards creating mutually beneficial relationships between government, corporate Australia, and First Nations communities, delivering education, skills training, and career advancement opportunities.

James Boyd, Executive Chairman of Paynter Dixon, said the partnership holds great potential.

“We are looking forward to partnering with GIRA and creating industry participation opportunities for First Nations peoples.”

“As a business with over 100 years of history, we have always been committed to empowering individuals and communities.”

The most recent population projection published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that the majority of First Nations people (61%) continue to live in regional and very remote areas.

Mr Boyd said the design and construction company was in a strong position to engage regional communities through the partnership with GIRA Group.

“Over the last few years, we have deployed a regional growth strategy and invested in resources across NSW and the ACT.

“We can explore a range of opportunities through the various phases of project delivery, from design, planning and procurement, to construction and broader community engagement.”

Liam Harte, Co-founder of GIRA Group said:  “Through our partnership with Paynter Dixon, we are set to play a pivotal role in bringing forward elements of Designing with Country and community engagement through to supporting the delivery phases of future projects.

“This approach ensures that local voices are heard and valued throughout the project lifecycle through employment and supply chain opportunities.”