Barpa / Cockram Team’s Community–2–Day Effort for the Stars


On a cold rainy Monday, at a windswept northern oval battling a four goal breeze, six hardy workers from Barpa and Cockram met up to do a “Community -2- Day” charity working bee at the Fitzroy Stars indigenous football team’s home ground. The team put in a massive day of digging, sawing, bolting and concreting to build 12 benches around the oval to allow more comfortable viewing of the football by fans, including many community elders. After power outages, and delayed deliveries, the team overcame the conditions to get the benches built and installed at the beginning of NAIDOC week.

NAIDOC week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. One of the highlights of the week in Fitzroy is the big football match at the end of the week. Now the many fans that attend that match (and the weekly league games) will have somewhere more convenient to sit and watch the footy.

Simon Walter (Operations Manager for Barpa) said; “Our engagement with indigenous business and the community is increasing all the time. We have a number of indigenous suppliers of business support services now, and we hope this will be the first of many linkages and contacts with the broader indigenous community in the places where we operate. We’d like to thank the Aborigines Advancement League -who look after the ground- for the opportunity to do the project and hope the fans enjoy the seating!”