Central West NSW
Evolution and the Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation (WCC) have extended a close working relationship with the official approval, lease arrangement, and progression of the Galari Agricultural Company (GAC). Supported by Evolution’s investment of $800,000 over three years, the GAC aims to profitably run a horticultural livestock enterprise focused on bee cattle, lamb, and wool production, all the while providing in-depth training to, and employment of, indigenous peoples.
Such a company brings the Galari Farm back to life, and addresses the employment shortfall within the Lachlan region for youth, including young and Indigenous men and women. In 2019, the Lachlan Shire’s unemployment rate was 7.2% compared to the state average of 4.5%. The GAC currently have two trainees who are being trained in land management. In the long-term, it will potentially provide training support for 80 youths each year in agriculture, shearing, fencing, and fishing. This project supports the establishment and long-term viability of the GAC and strengthens Evolution’s commitment to the First Nations peoples of the area, our Native Title Deed, and the ongoing success of the Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation.
Fortunately, GAC is not only scalable, which could lead to the WCC leasing additional land from Evolution and developing the company but provides a guideline within Evolution and in other organisations for developing our communities through projects that combine education, positive indigenous outcomes, and environmental stewardship. In late May 2022, ABC TV Landline shared the story of the Golden Gift which was about Evolution’s support for the WCC and GAC which is creating positive and sustainable change for its trainees and wider community. WCC Chairman, Ally Coe, commented he was “terribly excited” to see his dream and legacy take shape.