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September 2017

Woomera Community newsletter

Birubi Australia get a mention in Gibber Gabber, the Woomera Community newsletter for our work with Aurecon on a local Department of Defence job.

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December 2016


David Liddiard has been announced as RUOK's newest board member.

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November 2016

Inform magazine

David and the DLG Group has just featured in 'Inform magazine'.

The article discusses David's determination to bridge the gap in health, education, employment and prosperity between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

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September 2016

2016 Ethnic Business Awards Finalists Announced

Australia's longest running business awards announce the Finalists for the 2016 Ethnic Business Awards. From mining, engineering and construction to property, finance and food flavouring. From cosmetics, coffee and IT to lasers, pharmaceuticals and stationary, the 2016 Finalist businesses are as diverse as their stories.
Founder and Chairman Mr Joseph Assaf AM states that these Finalists 'represent great role models of migrants and Indigenous Australians.' For the past 28 years, the Awards have been attended by every Prime minister at least once. Also Governors General have attended the Ceremony on several occasions.

Corporate Connect.AB was proud to be a finalist in the the 'Indigenous in Business Category'.

March 2013

NSW Celebrate the West Award

Many things are said about Sydney's western suburbs however, there is no doubting the generosity of its residents and businesses.

This was evident at the annual Celebrate the West event held at the magical WatervieW in Bicentennial Park. While at times irreverent, Celebrate the West is an opportunity to applaud the drive, ambition and community spirit of some famous Australia's who grew up in Greater Western Sydney. It's also an opportunity to raise much needed funds for the San Miguel Family Centre ? a safe place for families to live while experiencing homelessness.

This year's champions included Olympic medallist Jessica Fox; businessman and philanthropist Bill Moss AM; passionate advocate of Indigenous Australians David Liddiard; Hollywood movie star Rod Taylor; rugby legend Tom Raudonikis; and a leader in providing sporting opportunities for the disabled Margot Zaska.

Also honoured were John and Jan Gollan who received the Jack Gibson Award for their dedicated and long-term support of the San Miguel Family Centre.

The Awards were presented by Aussie actor Bryan Brown AM and the Governor of NSW Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO (both proud of their western suburbs upbringing). As Bryan Brown said, "Thank God I was born a Westie. We care about each other."

The 350 guests were treated to a sumptuous 3 course meal, once in a lifetime auction items ? including the much sort after "Rome Experience" and deluxe raffle prizes. Glenn Shorrock entertained guests with toe-tapping songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s. While Vince Sorrenti compered the live auction using his unique auctioneering style to generate laughter and enthusiasm throughout the bidding.

In excess of $140,000 was raised for the San Miguel Family Centre which will be used to upgrade the Centre's residential facilities. This terrific result could only be achieved through the generosity and work of many people who donate their time, resources and money to help the San Miguel Family Centre..

October 2012

Scott Gardiner proud to be first indigenous face on PGA Tour card

Brent Read ‐ October 30, 2012 The Australian

SCOTT Gardiner wants to be the first of many indigenous athletes to play on the PGA Tour. "I have a great respect for my heritage and the athletes we have produced," Gardiner told The Australian from Dallas last night.
"Hopefully people see my story and realise it is possible. Maybe some parents will see I did it and think it will be possible for their kids. If they see somebody doing what they want and being the first, that's great."

Gardiner, 36, who grew up idolising rugby league players Cliff Lyons and Laurie Daley, secured his playing rights via the tour, capping a journey that began when his father took him to coaching clinics in the western suburbs of Sydney nearly three decades ago. "My dad saw clinics in the paper when I was seven," Gardiner said. "After three weeks, I was the only one going. My dad got them to take me out on the course. That's when I was playing cricket, soccer and athletics. I really didn't get to play a lot of golf until I was 13 because I was too young to be a member anywhere. "From when I was 14, I never thought about doing anything else as a career. I just like playing golf, being around people in golf. I got to a pretty good level, was travelling interstate quite often. "I thought if golf didn't work out, the networking would have got me a job in the game or through someone affiliated with it."

Gardiner's father, Tom, is Scottish while his mother, Gloria, hails from an Aboriginal community near the tiny northern NSW town of Goodooga, 20km south of the Queensland border. Significantly, both were in Dallas yesterday as his PGA Tour status was confirmed at a presentation ceremony along with fellow Australian graduates Alistair Presnell and Cameron Percy. His journey to the PGA Tour encompassed stints at the NSW Institute of Sport before he turned professional with the help of NASCA ‐‐ the Aboriginal body headed by former rugby league player David Liddiard ‐‐ as part of a program designed to find an Australian Tiger Woods. "He had the talent," Liddiard said. "He could always play. He's one of the most laid‐back guys you would ever meet. We saw the potential there and wanted to support him. His temperament was amazing. Nothing fazed him." That temperament came in handy as Gardiner endured a series of near misses in recent years, the most notable when he missed out on promotion by a mere $2000. But there was no stopping him this year, and he secured his PGA Tour card well before yesterday's official ceremony. "I have been close to getting to the PGA Tour three or four times," Gardiner said. "I was always doing what I dreamed of doing since I was 14. I would have been happy playing pro‐ams in Queensland if I was able to pay my bills. Just to become a professional golfer was going to be an achievement. "To be doing it for 11 years and getting to go to the PGA Tour to play with a lot of guys I have played with in the past ...I am excited about that."

He is also excited about what his PGA Tour status means. He has a chance to make a genuine difference for both his sport and his people. To that end, he has joined forces with some friends who are bidding to design a golf course near Uluru in the Northern Territory. "I would be extremely happy to be the face (of indigenous golf)," Gardiner said. "I think that's what David (Liddiard) was trying to get 12 or 14 years ago. This is what he envisaged ‐‐ to have an Aboriginal person on the PGA Tour. That was his dream and I would like to be the first of many."

August 2012

David Liddiard to receive an Outstanding Community Service Award


Extract from NSW Legislative Council Hansard and Papers

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January 2011

"Wellspring of hope in town's dusty soil"

Paul kent: The Daily Telegraph
July 2010

"Ex-footballer chases corporate goals"

Simon Canning: The Australian July 05, 2010 12:00AM

Former footballer David Liddiard took a group of Cadbury executives spear fishing in Arnhem Land last year with a local indigenous community. They ended up returning with more than the catch of the day.

The executives were inspired to launch Project 50 Years, a concept that aimed to involve remote indigenous communities in the core of Cadbury's business by setting up cocoa plantations under the confectionery company's Fair Trade program. And now the former Parramatta Eels and Manly Sea Eagles league player is chasing some of the nation's top media executives to involve them in the project and, in turn, help lure 100 blue chip companies to the program. Liddiard says if he can get media executives on board, the rest of corporate Australia will follow in his bid to bridge the gap between school and employment for Aboriginal youth.

He and business partner Andrea Harms launched Corporate Connect AB several weeks ago after finding that big corporations and the media were struggling to get involved in helping young Aborigines make the jump to employment. Liddiard believes the answer to the problem lies in corporate Australia being engaged at the highest level, saying companies wanted to get involved but often did not know how. Cadbury was his first foray into the space and last week he was talking to the company making sure the project survived the takeover of Cadbury by Kraft. "We are now working our way around the media groups," he said. "I'm on the hunt to look at talking to Kerry Stokes, David Gyngell from Channel Nine, we have already had a meeting with News Limited (publisher of The Australian) and we are in there now looking at indigenous policies and how we can help them move forward." Liddiard and Harms are also talking to the National Rugby League, saying that it would act as another trigger to drive corporate interest. "It's not lack of willingness, its lack of awareness," he said. "Executives have to touch it and feel it to get their head around how serious it is with communities still living in third-world conditions and government can't do this on its own. "An example is the Cadbury model, getting the board members out to northeast Arnhem Land and I took seven of the members of the Cadbury board spear fishing. They had an amazing time and they went on to launch Project 50 Years which was to look at growing cocoa in remote Aboriginal communities."

Corporate Connect has also managed to get the National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank, ANZ and Westpac to agree to work collaboratively to help the project and Liddiard said their involvement, along with the media, would play a crucial role in the program's growth.

The David Liddiard Group