Hall & Wilcox has advised Indigenous corporation Taarna Enterprises on a glass and aluminium business, and the land under it, in Alice Springs.
Taarna Enterprises was granted $3.5 million from the Northern Territory Government for the purchase, on the basis that it would operate the business as a for-profit social enterprise, boosting Indigenous employment and training in Alice Springs and remote communities in Central Australia.
The Hall & Wilcox team, led by partners Brad Marland and Jacqui Barrett, worked pro bono on the matter. Jacqui and lawyer Alexander Connolly provided advice on the purchase of the glass and aluminium business. Brad and lawyer Jordan Petrie advised on property matters. Partner Jim Koutsokostas and lawyers Luke Raams and Bradley White advised on stamp duty, while Partners Aaron Dearden and Fay Calderone and Senior Associate Jarrad McAuliffe provided employment transfer of business advice.
Brad said, ‘There are numerous Indigenous entrepreneurs who have wonderful business ideas that can transform their communities. Sometimes these Indigenous entrepreneurs need some assistance to get started. The Northern Territory Government has provided this assistance, and I have no doubt that Taarna Enterprises will provide meaningful employment and training to many Indigenous people in the Alice Springs area.’
As a law firm, Hall & Wilcox is constantly looking for opportunities to use its privileged position to stand with Indigenous peoples in working towards systematic change and leverage our legal expertise to provide support to grow Indigenous business.
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