Fighting Fit to Promote Indigenous Small Business

( March 05, 2013

Fighting Fit to Promote Indigenous Small Business

Fighting Fit to Promote Indigenous Small Business

One of Australia’s leading private Registered Training Organisations (RTO), The Learning Workshop, will launch its new, interactive resource to increase the literacy and numeracy skills of Indigenous people in regional and remote Australia wanting to establish a small business.

The resource, entitled, ‘Natural Born Fighter’ comprises an easy to understand, film and multi-media DVD production and handbook that is designed to break down the barriers preventing entrepreneurship within Indigenous communities.

With positive outcomes that include economic independence and the ability to provide financial support and employment to family, this resource aims to address the imbalance in the number of Indigenous people who are currently self-employed in Australia versus their mainstream counterparts*.

Cathrena McRae, Director of The Learning Workshop and resource producer said the launch is worthy of celebration and the culmination of 18 months in the making.

In so doing, a party is planned for Wednesday 14 March with special guests, Indigenous role models, Sydney based activist and winner of Australia’s Local Hero 2013, Shane Phillips and Melbourne based soul artist Jess Harlen set to attend.

The main event will take place from 6pm at Cairns Cultural Place 94-98 Lake Street, City Place.

Ms McRae said the resource is all about relating to and engaging with Indigenous people.

“This means understanding the challenges ahead and in a compelling and humorous way, reach out and remove each hurdle stopping them from achieving their dreams.”

Cathrena says the resource is built on three key elements:

1) A documentary that follows the journey of Cairns based Indigenous man, Brian Gray as he establishes his boxing and fitness business.

2) Natural Born Fighters; a 3D animation of Brian and his Indigenous mentor Elverina Johnson as they navigate their way through the personal family and cultural issues faced by Indigenous people when starting a small business.

3) Interactive literacy, language and numeracy activities that support the building of the knowledge and skills Indigenous people need to establish a small business.

While the resource elements are designed to produce positive outcomes measured in the establishment of new businesses, the information and tools have been divided into five sections – Getting Started, Going Legal, Getting Organised, Getting Deadly and Seriously Deadly.

To preview and order the resource, visit *In the 2006 Census six per cent of the Indigenous population were selfemployed compared to 16 per cent of non-Indigenous.

About Special Guests Shane Phillips and Jess Harlen Shane Phillips is an advocate for Aboriginal rights and respected member of Sydney’s Redfern Aboriginal community and is regarded as their voice on a range of youth issues, juvenile justice and Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Maori soul artist, Jess Harlen’s “It’s up to me” is featured on the soundtrack of the DVD resource.

About Brian Gray








About Brian Gray

Brian Gray is a Koori man from Wannaring, NSW and is a member of the Stolen Generation who grew up in an orphanage in Rockhampton, QLD.

As a young man he played Rugby League and represented Australia in boxing. Since that time Brian has worked as a drug and alcohol counsellor (26 years), a welfare officer and has coached Rugby League teams across Queensland.

He has a Certificate 111 in Drug and Alcohol work and is a boxing training under the Sunstate Amateur Boxing League.

Just 18 months ago, Natural Born Fighters Fitness and Boxing Training Service was little more than a dream yet with the help of long time friend, Cathrena McRae of The Learning Workshop, Brian was able to launch his business.

About The Learning Workshop
Based in Cairns and formed in 1999, The Learning Workshop (TLW) provides communication services for both the public and private sectors.

TLW is run by Cathrena McRae and Sue Muller, with the company employing around 20 staff, including teachers who travel to remote communities to implement training strategies.

TLW is skilled at delivering customised workplace, literacy, communication, numeracy and management training, as well as resource (film and multimedia) development and research.

Over the past 12 years, TLW has developed many projects aimed at improving access to education and employment for Indigenous people in remote communities.

TLW is currently consulting with Indigenous service providers on 15 projects in 15 locations in regional and remote Queensland.

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