Elliott McNamara has experienced firsthand the opportunities the mining industry can provide his people, the Barngarla, whose traditional land extends from Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula to just North of Port Augusta. Chairman of the Barngarla Aboriginal Corporation, Elliott McNamara is a self-made man of relentless determination, optimism and business nous - a combination that has enabled his own company to flourish while providing opportunities for his people.
Elliott’s company, Walga Mining, was launched in 2004 with the signing of a five year mining services contract to the Middleback Ranges mines owned by OneSteel (now Arrium). Walga means ‘eagle’ in the Barngarla language, a name Elliott chose as a fitting representation for his company - “I pictured the business as an eagle flying overhead, seeing the opportunities that were there for us." Read more in Resourcing SA