Nova to share secrets to success at Aboriginal Economic Development Forum


9th Aboriginal Economic Development Forum ambassador, Nova Pomare, manages, trains and mentors Aboriginal staff in her role as general manager at central Australia’s Standley Chasm.

Standley Chasm, located 50km west of Alice Springs on land owned by the Iwupataka Land Trust, is managed by the local community owned Angkerle Aboriginal Corporation, with Nova heading up management operations.

In her role Nova oversees the day‑to‑day operations of the business and works with the board of directors of the Angkerle Aboriginal Corporation to develop and implement new projects and programs, all while managing a number of staff.

As ambassador, breakout session presenter and attendee of the 9th Aboriginal Economic Development Forum, Nova hopes to learn from other successful business people at the forum.

“I am hoping to network with other Aboriginal businesses and gain an awareness on their approaches to being successful,” Nova said

“This will inspire me to make positive changes to our business and help us to become more profitable and sustainable in the long-term, and achieve positive employment outcomes.”

Nestled in the West MacDonnell Ranges, Standley Chasm is a must-see cultural attraction and geological icon. Standley Chasm employ a number of Aboriginal team members and work hard to mentor and support staff to share an authentic Arrernte experience with visitors to the significant place.

Nova is keen to share her success in employing and retaining Aboriginal staff during her breakout session on workforce and skilling on day one of the forum.

“I am hoping to share how we have been successful in employing and retaining Aboriginal staff, what has worked and how important it is to nurture people’s natural talents to get the best out of them,” Nova said.

While being a mentor to others is second-nature to Nova in her role at Standley Chasm, she was still taken aback when asked to be an ambassador for the upcoming forum.

“At first, I was really surprised to be asked but also honoured at the same time,” Nova said.

“The forum is important as it gives us the opportunity to share not only our business successes but our knowledge and culture with one another.”

The 9th Aboriginal Economic Development Forum will be held on 7 and 8 November at the Darwin Convention Centre.

The biennial forum is one of Australia’s largest Aboriginal economic development specific events. It attracts around 400 delegates and has over 50% Aboriginal delegate participation.

Learn more about the Aboriginal Economic Development Forum.

Portrait shot of Nova Pomare

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