An Aboriginal Business Forum — a first for the Mid West — will take place next month, calling for a fairer future and promoting Indigenous business success, resilience and growth. The forum will be on June 9 at Queens Park Theatre, highlighting successful businesses and providing the resources necessary for upcoming entrepreneurs. Along with wide-scale networking opportunities, the forum will feature pop-up discussion panels, speakers leading the industry and the tools to engage future successors. Themed Ocean to Outback, the day includes an auction for emerging Yamatji artists. Oaks Civil Construction managing director Jarrad Oakley Nicholls said the Aboriginal Business Forum was an opportunity for Indigenous businesses to break away from the notion of success by working with non-Indigenous influences. “It’s about raising awareness of Indigenous businesses and being able to provide a platform for those businesses to be exposed to the mainstream community,” he said. Boodjera Construct owner Darren Brockman said he believed there should be more tools provided to promote Indigenous businesses and the forum was one way to encourage success. “It’s showing people that you can have a successful business if you put the work in and do the hard yards,” he said. RT Cafe and Restaurant will host a welcome dinner on June 8, with the new restaurant offering a native menu boasting kangaroo, crocodile and native flora and fauna. Owner Wendy Yarnold, who will be speaking at the forum, said the restaurant was inspired by First Nations cooking but in a high-class restaurant setting. “It’s a great way to connect people in the community through native Australian fine dining,” she said. The forum invites all companies and government agencies looking to collaborate with Aboriginal business owners.