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Previously Juniper Blackthorne

Recent Work

Forest Products Commission

As a state government agency in Western Australia, FPC team works in plantation and native forestry, engaging closely with communities, industry, and government to foster a vibrant, sustainable forestry industry.

Wander Consulting was enlisted to provide assistance to FPC in the realm of Aboriginal engagement.


Our involvement included:

  • Conducting a comprehensive evaluative assessment of their 2022 Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan. This entailed extensive stakeholder consultations and thorough desktop reviews to pinpoint achievements and formulate recommendations for enhancement.

  • Crafting Terms of Reference for their RAP Working Group.

  • Leading and facilitating RAP Working Group sessions.

  • Facilitating gatherings for the Agency’s Aboriginal Empowerment Committee, which was established in response to our evaluation.

The Cannery Arts Centre

The Cannery Arts Centre, a charity in Esperance, Western Australia, features art exhibitions, concerts, workshops, and a community garden. Supporting artists with a residency program, it's fueled by community wellbeing. Operated by dedicated staff and volunteers, it relies on memberships, fundraising, and donations to maintain its premier coastal venue.

Documents we developed to support their next period of growth:

  • Strategic Plan (2024 – 2034)

  • PR & Marketing Strategy (2024 – 2027)

  • Community and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy (2024 – 2027)

  • Workforce Plan, including organisation structure and position description development (2024 – 2029)

Goldfields Aboriginal Business Chamber

The Goldfields Aboriginal Business Chamber (GABC) is a community initiative that supports local Aboriginal business by increasing commercial visibility and thereby providing greater opportunities in the major industries of the Goldfields-Esperance region.

During our tenure as Acting General Manager for the GABC over a six-month period from October 2023 to April 2024, Wander Consulting achieved significant milestones, including:

  • Establishing robust governance frameworks, such as a new constitution, comprehensive by-laws defining membership categories and pricing structures, and codes of conduct for both members and the Board. We also managed the preparation of the annual report, coordinated the AGM, provided support for Board meetings, and developed essential policies and procedures to streamline operations.

  • Strengthening partnerships, securing new support, and crafting multiyear funding agreements to ensure sustainable financial stability.

  • Revitalising the GABC’s capacity building program, "Stronger Business," by curating a two-year calendar of events, engaging diverse service providers to deliver workshops, and negotiating favourable rates with local venue providers.

  • Introducing the "Project Pipeline Breakfasts" initiative to foster collaboration by inviting new partners to share contracting prospects with members.

  • Conceptualising hot-desking and meeting space solutions at the GABC office to enhance facilities for members.

  • Enhancing stakeholder engagement through proactive outreach efforts, including meetings with key stakeholders in First Nations, tertiary education, local, state, and federal government sectors, as well as broader industry representatives.

  • Conducting a comprehensive organisational structural review to optimise staffing levels and develop tailored position descriptions to support operational objectives.

  • Formulating a 24-month budget to support informed decision-making by the Board, ensuring alignment with overarching strategic objectives.

  • Facilitating professional development opportunities by arranging for a small delegation of GABC tourism and hospitality members to participate in the World Indigenous Tourism Summit in Taiwan, enriching their expertise and fostering global connections.

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