First Nations Enterprise Partners
University and Industry Research Partners
Karajarri Traditional Lands Association
Karajarri Traditional Lands Association (KTLA), was formed in 2002. Through the Karajarri Ranger and Indigenous Protected Area programs, KTLA manages more than 32,000 square kilometres of jurarr (coastal areas) and pirra (inland areas). Karajarri people believe that all forms of life and ecological processes, including the landscape, people, language and customs, are Pukarrikarrajangka — from the Dreamtime. Karajarri country is the source of spirit, culture and language for its people, who understand that it’s crucial to both look after their country, and to create sustainable futures and opportunities for their people on country. KTLA has the mission of improving the lives of its members by maintaining strong living culture, protecting Country, driving projects that create jobs and income, and fulfilling aspirations to sustain members’ futures on Country. This work is directed by Karajarri’s cultural leaders and Karajarri Traditional Owners.
Karajarri Traditional Lands Association and Kindred Spirits Enterprises are exploring collaboration through the CRC for Northern Australia Project “Improving the Efficiency of Kakadu Plum Value Chains”. Future activities will likely include Environs Kimberley, and will focus on pilot harvesting and enrichment planting of native botanicals.
Twin Lakes Cultural Park
Twin Lakes Cultural Park is an Aboriginal business located near Beagle Bay, north of Broome on the Dampier Peninsula in the spectacular Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Twin Lakes wild harvests traditional Nyul Nyul bush foods, including Gubinge (also known as Kakadu plum), nature’s super food, for health foods and cosmetics. These crops are tended using traditional fire and land management practices. Twin Lakes also offers cultural and bush food tours for small groups of up to 8 people, and occasional fire management workshops.
Bruno and Marion from Twin Lakes Cultural Park and Kindred Spirits Enterprises are working together on research to improve the effectiveness of Kakadu Plum value chains. This collaboration includes the trial of new equipment for the harvest, storage and distribution of whole fruit.
Nyamba Buru Yawuru
The Yawuru people are the traditional owners of the lands and waters in and around Rubibi (the town of Broome) from Bangarangara to the yalimban (south) to Wirrjinmirr (Willie Creek) to the guniyan (north), and banu (east) covering Roebuck Plains and Thangoo pastoral leases, in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia.
Yawuru is committed to a vision of an inclusive and sustainable economy and enabling Yawuru and other Aboriginal people to become active and prosperous participants in the region. The Nyamba Buru Yawuru vision incorporates commercial success with the renaissance of Yawuru cultural values and practices, embodied in the philosophy of ‘mabu liyan’ (good spirit) which is a holistic understanding of positive wellbeing that incorporates personal, social and environmental aspects that contribute to a good life.
Nyamba Buru Yawuru and Kindred Spirits Enterprises have connected through the CRC for Northern Australia Project “Improving the Efficiency of Kakadu Plum Value Chains”.
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)
QAAFI is a research institute of The University of Queensland, one of the world’s leading research providers in tropical and sub-tropical agriculture and food production. QAAFI works across crops, horticulture, animals, and nutrition and food sciences, and is supported by industry and the Queensland Government. QAAFI is comprised of four inter-related research centres, with a focus on the challenges facing tropical and sub-tropical food and agribusiness sectors in the tropical and subtropical systems.
The team at Kindred Spirits Enterprises met Dr Yasmina Sultanbawa from QAAFI through work on Kakadu Plum harvesting and processing with the Womens’ Centre in Wadeye. Yasmina and her team were undertaking science research and supporting the Womens’ Centre with storage, packaging and food safety. This connection has led to close collaboration between QAAFI and KSE on two major research projects that aim to enable effective development of the native botanicals industry, with and for the benefit of Indigenous Research Partners.
ARC Laureate Food Security Project at the University of Queensland
Visit Laureate Project
The ARC Laureate Project Team at The University of Queensland is led by Laureate Fellow, Professor Brad Sherman. The project aims to approach the subject of intellectual property and agriculture through a range of interconnected projects in order to understand the law’s impact on our contemporary global food system.
The UQ ARC Laureate Project Team and Kindred Spirits Enterprises are working together to develop leading practice in the areas of intellectual property, access and benefit sharing within the native botanicals industry.
Chemistry at the University of Queensland
Chemistry at the University of Queensland
The University of Queensland (UQ) has world-class research and teaching in Chemistry. Chemistry at UQ is located primarily within the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB), as well as at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), Institute for Molecular Biosciences (IMB), Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences (CNAFS) within the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), and The Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE).
At UQ the overarching research themes follow the key sub-disciplines of organic, inorganic, physical and computational chemistry. These key disciplines then combine in their applications into two broad areas in an integrated and cohesive manner – ‘biological’ chemistry and ‘materials’ chemistry.
Researchers from the UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences are working in collaboration with Kindred Spirits Enterprises Limited and its program Traditional Homelands Enterprises (T.H.E. Kakadu Plum) on a project (‘Enabling a traditional Australian medicinal plants agribusiness’) for the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA). This rigorous and industry-relevant research will improve understanding of the chemistry of Australian native botanicals and lead to benefits for the emerging industry.
Charles Darwin University – Northern Institute
Charles Darwin University (CDU) main campus is based in Darwin with many precincts across the Northern Territory, and elsewhere in Australia.
It is located at the centre of Australia’s north, and closely to our northern neighbours. CDU has all the advantages of a dual-sector university including flexibility in study options – as a recognised leader in online education – creativity, adaptability and freedom to embrace the history and traditions of First Australians and the multitude of nations represented by our international student population. It aims to understand and support regional development and provide strong evidence for policy development, capacity building and respond to the needs of governments and communities.
The Northern Institute (https://www.cdu.edu.au/northern-institute) is a hub for social and public policy research in the region, with a strong emphasis on contemporary Indigenous knowledge, governance and partnerships.
The Northern Institute (NI) is a hub for social and public policy research in the region, with a strong emphasis on contemporary Indigenous knowledge, governance and partnerships.
Kindred Spirits Enterprises are working together with NI on the CRC for Northern Australia Project “Improving the Efficiency of Kakadu Plum Value Chains”.
Integria Healthcare brings together the best names in natural medicine to deliver a suite of herbal, nutritional and complementary healthcare products supported by scientific and traditional evidence. With a history that spans 60 years of science and research into herbal remedies, Integria is at the forefront of natural medicine research and development. Their products are part of everyday life for millions of people around the world who are seeking natural ways to maintain long, healthy lives. Integria Healthcare proudly owns some of the most reputable and innovative natural healthcare brands including Thursday Plantation, Thompsons, Eagle, Eureka and Mediherb and partners with leading practitioner-only and retail brands.
Integria Health Care and Traditional Homeland Enterprises are collaborators on the CRC for Northern Australia Traditional Medicine Project. Both organisations share a commitment to collaborating with First Nations entrepreneurs on the development of new, high-value products that improve community health, through the use of Australian native botanicals and respectful application of traditional knowledge.
Karen Sheldon Group
Operating in the Territory for over 50 years, the Karen Sheldon Group is comprised of Karen Sheldon Catering and Karen Sheldon Training. Karen Sheldon Catering offers award-winning world class catering around the NT using quality local ingredients, and a vast understanding of our diverse climate and unique flavours. Karen Sheldon Training specialises in working with organisations and individuals to find training solutions that are locally developed and informed by many years of practical experience.
All Karen Sheldon Group business activities focus on providing Indigenous employment and training opportunities that assist jobseekers transition from welfare dependence towards sustainable employment, careers and small business opportunities.
Kindred Spirits Enterprises and Karen Sheldon Group are both industry partners in the ARC Training Centre for Uniquely Australian foods. Both organisations share a commitment to the creation of new training, employment and enterprise opportunities for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the native botanicals sector, and related industries. The projects we collaborate on together share the objective of working towards providing training and consulting services to act as enablers towards sustainable employment, research and business development opportunities and prosperity parity for First Nations Australians.
TQCSI – Yaran
TQCSI-Yaran is a majority Aboriginal owned and operated joint venture between TQCSI and Yaran Business Services providing auditing and certification of ISO management systems to Indigenous companies and organisations wishing to engage Indigenous Australians for ISO certification and supplier audits.
TQCSI-Yaran operates from the same offices as TQCSI (Australia), uses TQCSI auditors who are Indigenous or have completed Cultural Awareness training and has the full support of the TQCSI support team. The same auditing and certification process applies to TQCSI-Yaran but certificates and certification marks have an Indigenous theme.
TQCSI-Yaran and Kindred Spirits Enterprises starting working together in late 2019 on a plan for the HACCP certification of Traditional Homeland Enterprises and its supplier hubs. Both organisations are committed to building the capacity of entrepreneurs and their communities to lead and implement effective quality management practices.
PKF Accountants and Business Advisors
PKF Australia is a group of independent firms focused on providing quality service to decision makers in business. PKF in Australia has 95 partners and 750 staff in 12 locations. Each of these firms are members of the PKF International Network that has offices in 440 cities, 150 countries across five continents, bound together by a shared commitment to quality, integrity and the creation of clarity in a complex regulatory environment. PKF’s core services include: Audit & Assurance; Business Advisory; Taxation; Recovery & Insolvency; Corporate Finance and Wealth Creation, across a range of industry sectors.
PKF provides accounting, taxation and audit services to Traditional Homeland Enterprises and provides its support on a pro-bono basis.
At Pitcher Partners, we’re making business personal. We have the resources and depth of expertise of a major firm but with a smaller firm feel, giving our clients the highest level of personal service and attention.
Pitcher Partners is an association of independent accounting and business advisory firms located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and Sydney specialising in providing services to family controlled, privately owned and small public businesses as well as high net worth individuals, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations.
Pitcher Partners provides audit services to Kindred Spirits Enterprises and provides support on a pro-bono basis.
Wild Cat Design
With a commitment to delivering business growth to clients via custom online solutions, Wild Cat Design is a digital partner and support. With 20 years experience in digital marketing, Wild Cat Managing Director, Cath Koch is passionate about developing small business with sensible and cost effective marketing solutions. The Wild Cat Team specialise in web development, search engine optimisation (SEO), digital advertising and graphic design.
The team at Wild Cat Design are incredibly proud of the professional website which they recently launched in partnership with the team at Kindred Spirits. Both Kindred spirits and WildCat DEsign look forward to enjoying a long-lasting relationship, working together on continued website maintenance and support.
Insurance Advisernet was founded in 1996 with a clear and powerful aim: to provide high quality risk management advice business owners can trust. Today, Insurance Advisernet is one of the largest and most respected General Insurance businesses in Australia and New Zealand, with an ever-growing network of more than 210 insurance advice practices across 140 locations.
As part of the AUB Group (formerly Austbrokers), an ASX-listed company with over $3.2 billion premium under influence across the AUB network, Insurance Advisernet’s buying power spans major insurers in Australasia as well as access to major overseas insurers.
Tony Atkinson’s Insurance Services is an Authorised Representative of Insurance Advisernet, a network of more than 210 independent insurance advisers across Australia and New Zealand.
Irene and Tony from this office assist the team at Kindred Spirits Enterprises to identify appropriate insurance policies for KSE operations.
Irene and Tony at IAA assist the team at Kindred Spirits Enterprises to identify appropriate insurance policies for KSE operations.