Native title holder consortium awarded first major contract at Legune

Date: Sep 20, 2018

Publication Type: Media Releases

In a historic win for Aboriginal business development, a construction consortium involving local native title holders has been awarded the first contract of work for the billion-dollar aquaculture grow-out facility at Legune Station.

If fully developed Project Sea Dragon will be the world’s largest prawn farm and boost the Top End’s economy.

Native title holder company Legune Constructions Ltd has teamed up with Darwin-based civil construction company Allan King & Sons Construction Pty Ltd to deliver competitive bids for major Project Sea Dragon contracts. The consortium will also create employment, training and business development opportunities for local Aboriginal people, and particularly for the native title holders of Legune.

"It’s taken a bit of work to get set up, so I am very happy that Legune Constructions and Allan King have won this first contract of work," said Legune Constructions Director and native title holder Marcus Simon.

“The Consortium will be good for our younger generation, to get trained-up, and Allan King’s company is the right fit for us to work with,” Legune Constructions co-director Alfred Gerrard said.

Northern Land Council Chief Executive Officer, Joe Morrison, has welcomed the news:  “It shows that Project Sea Dragon developer, Seafarms Group Ltd, is genuinely committed to local and Aboriginal business development. 

“This consortium is an example of how Aboriginal-controlled entities can grow their skills, experience and become increasingly competitive operators.

“It’s great that Seafarms has recognised the potential of the consortium.  With an operator as experienced as Allan King, it’s really a win-win situation for everyone.  We hope this is the first of many Project Sea Dragon success stories for local Aboriginal people,” Mr Morrison said.

NLC Contact: Murray McLaughlin 0429 153 363