Indigenous-owned Supply Aus opens first store at Ormiston

A NEW store and warehouse in Ormiston has made its mark due to its ability to source the sometimes-scare personal protective equipment during COVID-19.

COMPANY GROWS: Redlands Chamber of Commerce president Rebecca Young and chief executive Adam Williams at Ormiston.

COMPANY GROWS: Redlands Chamber of Commerce president Rebecca Young and chief executive Adam Williams at Ormiston.

Supply Aus is a 100 per cent Indigenous profit-for-purpose business that specialises in PPE, workwear, uniform and office supplies. It invests profits back into Indigenous education and mental health.

Chief executive Adam Williams, a Wiradjuri man attributed the company's growth to its fluid approach when it came to finding solutions.

"This approach couldn't have been better proven than with the onset of COVID-19 when Supply Aus was able to source and provide PPE, such as face masks and gloves to the health, retail and mining sectors," he said.

"A storefront will be beneficial to our growth for two reasons. It enables us to get feedback directly, and provides a commercial focus, allowing us to sell face to face to the public, complementing our procurement customers, while also being a warehouse," Mr Williams said.

Supply Aus chairperson Shawn Andrews, a descendant of the Mununjali people of south-east Queensland and the Palawa people of Tasmania, has made it his life's mission to support Indigenous education, while teaching Australians about Indigenous culture.

"The work we do allows us to improve the lives of Indigenous men and women, with some of the areas we support being mental health and training. We're building programs on the ground to help people navigate Indigenous youth," he said.

"To be able to do this, we work with businesses that don't just work with Indigenous businesses because they have to, they are authentic in how they share our vision of wanting to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage."