Ausco Modular has initiated a diverse range of programmes focussed on the welfare of indigenous communities in the region. The Townsville construction company recently hired their first indigenous apprentice.

Ausco has been sponsoring training, sporting and leadership initiatives for the region’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for several years, a prime example being the Boys Into Men leadership program for indigenous youth organised by local sporting club, the Garbutt Magpies. Supported by Ausco, this program involves indigenous elders, leaders and community members volunteering their time as role models to encourage boys to take responsibility for their lives.

Ausco manufacturing manager Craig Canning explains that they take the boys out to the country and discuss being men, and then bring them back to the club environment to practise what they have learnt. The participants are advised about hard work and the need to do well in school. Ausco’s people also visit local schools and talk to students about employment opportunities.

Ausco was also an entrant in the recent Queensland Reconciliation Awards, which recognises businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and partnerships that have striven for unity and reconciliation.

Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Mark Furner said the awards were an opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage.