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Established in 2015 by chairman, Debbie Barwick, supported by director, Greg Welsh, majority Indigenous-owned Winya (“sit now” in Wiradjuri dialect) is a Procurement Australia Furniture Suppliers Panel Member providing high quality commercial furniture and design and fit-out services for offices needing to accommodate up to 200.
Winya also promotes Indigenous employment in partnership with the Australian furniture industry, and works with remote communities and on prison training programs. It also has a new recycling program where wood from old furniture will be recycled into new products.
Winya has been purposely set up as a sophisticated, well-organised business able to supply large clients and to manage the workflows and communications needed on large projects.
Its business model is unique. Its furniture and other products are produced by leading Australian furniture manufacturers who, through its contracts, employ Indigenous trainees and apprentices. Also unique are Winya’s relationships with remote communities, such as Arnhem Land, which provide timbers not available elsewhere, and Aboriginal artists whose designs feature on furniture fabrics.
Winya can supply both premium, craftsman-made furniture pieces and the highest quality workstations, sit stand desking and commercial furniture, and seating manufactured in each state. Full installation and fit-out are provided through its Supply Nation member partners and Indigenous owned fit-out companies.
This all adds up to Winya being a stand out supplier, a reputation bolstered in October 2017 through two sustainability awards - it won both the Banksia Foundation Sustainability Award for Indigenous Leadership and the Award for best sustainable product at the prestigious Building Industry Sustainability Awards for its Arnhem custom timber chair range.
A Supply Nation Partner, certified ISO 9001 Quality Assurance company, ISO 14001 Environmental Management System practitioner, member of the First Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FACCI) and the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, Winya has a dedicated staff of 10 with installation teams in each capital city and national capability. A fully-serviced showroom opens in Melbourne mid-2018 and its Redfern, Sydney office will move to a purpose-designed 300 sq. m. showroom in April.
A Profit for Purpose business, Winya is a Certified B Corporation using its business to solve social and environmental problems, and doesn’t receive Government funding. Its projects have spanned the country from Exmouth on the west coast through Alice Springs in Central Australia, and north, east and south to Cairns, Brisbane and Geelong.
New Start is a 100% Indigenous-owned National Recruitment Services Company who acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which they work that is now part of Procurement Australia Contract 2102/0838 Defined Facilities Management – Maintenance Services.
As part of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Policy, their goal is to leave a sustained positive footprint in the communities in which we operate by improving indigenous social, health and employment outcomes, and we believe it’s our responsibility to do so.