Aboriginal-owned Australian BlackCard Pty Ltd took out the Business category at the Queensland Reconciliation Awards on Wednesday 29 May. This Brisbane-based business is doing great things for the Aboriginal community and has been recognised for this.

The Queensland Reconciliation Awards recognises initiatives undertaken by businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and government going above and beyond their core business to foster reconciliation and pave the way for a better future for our state.

Managing Director Mundanara Bayles, co-founded BlackCard with Dr Lilla Watson in 2013 as a specialist consultancy providing cultural capability training and consultancy services, to enable people and organisations to work effectively with members of the Aboriginal community. BlackCard’s purpose is working with people, not for people, with the genius of Aboriginal Knowledge. The content of BlackCard’s cultural capability program contributes to the campaign against racism and discrimination, as well as facilitating and supporting mutually respectful and engaging relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Queenslanders.

Mundanara’s cultural heritage is connected to the Wonnarua and Bunjalung people on her mother’s side and the Birri-Gubba and Gungalu on her father’s side, and coming from a family that has been active in the Aboriginal movement since the 60s and 70s, she continues to follow their example. As a proud advocate for her people, she follows in her father’s footsteps and aims to make a positive contribution. Mundanara’s experience of over 18 years working for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations in NSW and QLD has led her to work in a way which is agile, partnership-based, and crosses multiple organisational borders. She brings people along with her through BlackCard and her inclusive and collaborative approach.

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