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One of Australia's prominent Indigenous service providers, Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation Limited (better known as MPREC) celebrates its 10th birthday this month.
From humble beginnings in 2003 with meagre resources, the then newly appointed chief executive officer Janelle Whitehead developed the organisation to steer it along a pathway of continual growth, achieving its goal - to deliver best practice, relevant services to Indigenous communities in far west NSW - the Murdi Paaki region.
'At the start, I literally operated the business from the boot of my car,' Ms Whitehead said.
'Then we developed from a one-man band into a staff of two, then three; we found a home in a little office, Kookaburra Cellars in Coonamble, where we quickly ran out of space, then moved into a building adjacent to the Coonamble Post Office before our final Coonamble home - the previous Coonamble Shire RTA building.'
Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation delivers a number of services to the Murdi Paaki region, comprising the whole of Western NSW, from the Victoria to Queensland borders. Some of the programs they deliver include:
Source: Daily Liberal, Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation