Feature: “Doing Small Business in the Bush”

Project: Capacity Building - business principles
Client: Central Desert Regional Council
Date: 2017
Location: Yuendumu, NT

Small Business in the Bush

Working with the Kurdiji in Yuendumu Matrix co-created a short course to introduce people to business concepts. The course was developed over six months and involved eight co-creators. The end result was a community literally buzzing with enthusiasm to learn more about running their own businesses and itching to start trying out their business ideas. This project was commissioned by Central Desert Regional Council in response to requests for training by the community. You can read the final report for the project here.


Otto Sims tells the story of the old Copper Mine that operated in Yuendumu in the early 1960's an example of Yapa running their own businesses. The last comment is a ripper "If the old people can do it, then we can too!"


Matrix commissioned Periphery Media to work with local artists to create a story of a business that many of the locals already knew. This was used in the workshops to identify a variety of business concepts.