In 2008, Cox Inall Ridgeway began working with Lion on an Indigenous community development project to fit within the company’s Community Investment Strategy.
Cox Inall Ridgeway brokered a relationship between Lion and Brewarrina, a predominantly Aboriginal community in northwest NSW, which was focused on supporting the development of a sustainable tourism strategy. Central to the tourism strategy was to tell visitors the story of Biaime’s Ngunnhu, the 40,000 year-old-fish traps in the Darling River adjacent to the town.
With support from Cox Inall Ridgeway, a team of people from Lion have worked alongside the community to re-open the Aboriginal Cultural Museum, control the weeds and stabilise the riverbed, build pathways and a bush tucker garden, and fund the development of a series of murals to tell the story of Biaime.
In 2011, the community received the Community Achievement Award as part of the Brewarrina Shire Council Australia Day Awards. The museum now attracts an increased number of visitors each week, bringing money into the community, stimulating the local economy and providing employment. In addition, full-time, part-time, casual and trainee employment opportunities for local Aboriginal people have all been provided as part of the Lion community development project.