Delivering
community development
through Contracting.

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Our Story

Founded in 2013, Yurra is the outcome of the successful collaboration between the Yindjibarndi People and ALM Landscaping a successful construction business established in Port Hedland in 2010.

Formed with the shared goal to deliver sustainable procurement benefits to the community, Yurra provides employment and training for the people of Roebourne, while driving business, social and economic benefits for the wider community. As testament to the success of the partnership, all former ALM Landscaping staff and contracts transitioned to become part of the Yurra story.

Yurra is majority owned by all Yindjibarndi people via Yindjibarndi Wealth Pty Ltd a wholly owned investment entity established for the Yindjibarndi people post the signing of the Land Use Agreement with Rio Tinto Iron Ore (RTIO) in July 2013. Yurra’s balance ownership is by Right Foot Forward Pty Ltd (Liam Wilson), one of the founding Directors and current CEO.  

We are proudly committed to driving long-term, economically sustainable businesses to achieve our goal of delivering positive economic, cultural and community benefits to the people and communities whose lands we operate.

 
 

“Innovation and focus
is key to our success.”

michael woodley  |  director

 
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Mission and Vision

 
 

Mission


Our mission is to improve the communities in which we operate by offering opportunities, training and career pathways.


We are committed to engaging with Aboriginal Communities and Stakeholders to identify opportunities, respond to concerns, facilitate employment and training and deliver long-term social, cultural and economic benefits to the West Pilbara region. The successful operation of Yurra correlates directly to this ongoing engagement, resulting in the strategic formulation and execution of efficient, community-driven projects.




Vision


To develop and deliver projects that inspire First Nations people to work together, contribute to the broader community and continue to work towards a unified and sustainable future.


Our Team

Yurra’s Management Team passionately drives the development of our team’s confidence and capability, with the objective of delivering strong, independently successful, sustainable businesses units that benefits both the Yindjibarndi People and the broader community. 

Michael Woodley Director   Michael is a founding Director of Yurra and CEO of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation. Michael’s vision is to grow culture, community and commerce for the Yindjibarndi People in order to build long term sustainability for the Yindjibarndi Nation. Michael is a passionate advocate for Yurra and our ability to continue to build a business that can create positive long-lasting legacy’s for the communities in which we operate.

Michael Woodley
Director

Michael is a founding Director of Yurra and CEO of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation. Michael’s vision is to grow culture, community and commerce for the Yindjibarndi People in order to build long term sustainability for the Yindjibarndi Nation. Michael is a passionate advocate for Yurra and our ability to continue to build a business that can create positive long-lasting legacy’s for the communities in which we operate.

Liam Wilson Chief Executive Officer   Liam is a founding Director of Yurra. Liam brings an entrepreneurial and community focused spirit to the role striving to build upon and create new partnerships for Yurra and supporting the team to deliver their goals.

Liam Wilson
Chief Executive Officer

Liam is a founding Director of Yurra. Liam brings an entrepreneurial and community focused spirit to the role striving to build upon and create new partnerships for Yurra and supporting the team to deliver their goals.

Tamara Johnstone Commercial Cleaning Team Manager   Tamara (Tam) was part of the original Yurra cleaning team and has worked tirelessly and passionately to become the lead of our cleaning business unit. Tam is a proud Noongar woman and continues to promote the Yurra business and the community engagement model we have developed. Tam wants to continue to study and grow within the Yurra business and claims that she will be the first person to get a Yurra tattoo.

Tamara Johnstone
Commercial Cleaning Team Manager

Tamara (Tam) was part of the original Yurra cleaning team and has worked tirelessly and passionately to become the lead of our cleaning business unit. Tam is a proud Noongar woman and continues to promote the Yurra business and the community engagement model we have developed. Tam wants to continue to study and grow within the Yurra business and claims that she will be the first person to get a Yurra tattoo.



David Sheppard Grounds Maintenance Team Manager   David (Dave) has significant Landscape experience and started with Yurra as a leading hand working within our Landscape Construction team. In recent years Dave has been exposed to more Maintenance work and is currently the acting Grounds Maintenance Manager for the business.

David Sheppard
Grounds Maintenance Team Manager

David (Dave) has significant Landscape experience and started with Yurra as a leading hand working within our Landscape Construction team. In recent years Dave has been exposed to more Maintenance work and is currently the acting Grounds Maintenance Manager for the business.



Justin Bryne Landscape Construction Team Manager   Justin has been with Yurra since day one and has over 30yrs Commercial Landscape and Irrigation experience. Justin has been involved in the management and delivery of every Yurra Landscape Construction project from Broome to Onslow. Justin’s goal is to continue to promote our ability to have input into smart North West design solutions and build quality projects that engage with communities.

Justin Bryne
Landscape Construction Team Manager

Justin has been with Yurra since day one and has over 30yrs Commercial Landscape and Irrigation experience. Justin has been involved in the management and delivery of every Yurra Landscape Construction project from Broome to Onslow. Justin’s goal is to continue to promote our ability to have input into smart North West design solutions and build quality projects that engage with communities.



Sam Andrijasevich Civil & Rail Maintenance Team Manager   Sam has driven the growth and development of the Yurra Civil/Rail Maintenance business unit from the ground floor. Sam is an experienced Civil Manager who believes in the Yurra vision and our teams’ ability to create engagement, training and career development opportunities within the Civil contracts we deliver.

Sam Andrijasevich
Civil & Rail Maintenance Team Manager

Sam has driven the growth and development of the Yurra Civil/Rail Maintenance business unit from the ground floor. Sam is an experienced Civil Manager who believes in the Yurra vision and our teams’ ability to create engagement, training and career development opportunities within the Civil contracts we deliver.



Josh Boord Engineering, Scaffold & Marine Team Manager   Josh has been with the group since 2014 and has led the development of what was formally known as DB Yurra. Although our relationship with DB remains strong the management and operations of our Engineering business unit is now completely run by the Pilbara team on the ground. Josh is a strong operational leader within the Yurra group with a commitment to innovation and safety that has been developed through exposure to numerous industries including the military, mining and oil and gas.

Josh Boord
Engineering, Scaffold & Marine Team Manager

Josh has been with the group since 2014 and has led the development of what was formally known as DB Yurra. Although our relationship with DB remains strong the management and operations of our Engineering business unit is now completely run by the Pilbara team on the ground. Josh is a strong operational leader within the Yurra group with a commitment to innovation and safety that has been developed through exposure to numerous industries including the military, mining and oil and gas.



Daksh Kakkar Corporate Services   Daksh started with Yurra in 2018 and has taken a lead role within the corporate services team. Daksh is an accountant by trade and wants to ensure Yurra continues to develop it’s internal Governance, reporting and systems to support each business units plan, operations and growth.

Daksh Kakkar
Corporate Services

Daksh started with Yurra in 2018 and has taken a lead role within the corporate services team. Daksh is an accountant by trade and wants to ensure Yurra continues to develop it’s internal Governance, reporting and systems to support each business units plan, operations and growth.



 
Rachel Wilson HR Advisor   Rachel has a Masters in International Business and employment law and wants to ensure Yurra continues to provide opportunities to the communities in which we operate. As Yurra grows we are creating stronger linkages between our service lines and developing increasingly more robust training paths to support the development of our people.

Rachel Wilson
HR Advisor

Rachel has a Masters in International Business and employment law and wants to ensure Yurra continues to provide opportunities to the communities in which we operate. As Yurra grows we are creating stronger linkages between our service lines and developing increasingly more robust training paths to support the development of our people.



Tina Nevill HSEQ Advisor   Tina started with Yurra in late 2018 and brings a wealth of experience to the role. As Yurra grows Tina will utilise her experience in the Pilbara to ensure each service line is approaching HSEQ in a consistent manner whilst also ensuring systems, procedures and controls are in place that are relevant and specific to each business unit.

Tina Nevill
HSEQ Advisor

Tina started with Yurra in late 2018 and brings a wealth of experience to the role. As Yurra grows Tina will utilise her experience in the Pilbara to ensure each service line is approaching HSEQ in a consistent manner whilst also ensuring systems, procedures and controls are in place that are relevant and specific to each business unit.