IBA Partnership Series – Caitlin Hicks

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Host Mundanara Bayles is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference which is the accumulated knowledge that Aboriginal people developed over the tens of thousands of years of living in this land, now known as Australia.

Relationships are at the core of Aboriginal Culture and Society and in our whole history of living in this country we never invaded our neighbours.

An Aboriginal Terms of Reference introduction is based on “Who you are and not what you do”, this way of introduction has been practiced by Aboriginal people since the first sunrise. From an Aboriginal perspective this way of introduction reinforces our humaness, we are much more than our job titles.


This episode is proudly sponsored by Indigenous Business Australia who serves, partners and invests with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who want to own their own future.

For episode #80 we bring to you the 7th instalment of the @indigenous_business_australia partnership series. I have the pleasure of yarning with Caitlin Hicks from Hicks Civil and Mining, a 100% Aboriginal owned civil and earthworks business operating in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Hicks Civil and Mining was established in 2010 by Caitlin’s father, Peter Hicks, a Ngarluma man who has a long-standing career in the civil construction and mining industry. Backed by the experience and support of Lisa Hicks (wife), Keryn Kalzee and Caitlin Hicks (daughters), Hicks Civil and Mining has positioned itself as a reputable Aboriginal family business.

Caitlin commenced work with Ngarda Civil and Mining at the age of sixteen and later worked inside BHP’s Rail and Community departments. All roads would then lead to the family business, where she took on office-based management roles with her mother, Lisa.

Hicks Civil and Mining began as a small equipment hire business and has now developed its capabilities to service both minor and major works contracts, increased fleet size and positioned the business to be stand alone and fully self-funded within nine years of operation.

Together the Hicks family have (a combined) 40 years of experience, are highly respected within the industry and wider communities and maintain an excellent safety record on all projects.

Caitlin’s shares her insight and experiences with IBA, specifically their invoice finance product. We share stories and commonalities as working mothers and learn all there is to know about Hicks Civil & Mining, the journey and success stories, both independently and with the help of IBA.

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The Black Magic Woman Podcast is hosted by Mundanara Bayles and is an uplifting conversational style program featuring mainly Aboriginal guests and explores issues of importance to Aboriginal people and communities.  Mundanara is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference and focusses more on who people are rather than on what they do.

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