Indigenous Director SCP
PAUL NEWMAN - HISTORY
Being born in a small town of Condobolin, land of Wiradjuri people, with limited facilities, and often facing injustice and racism, the kid back then, Paul Newman, dreamt to become the best cricket player just like Viv Richards. When he was 12, he was named the captain of Australian Aboriginal Cricket Team. He was the best performer of his team, but he didn’t get to be selected in the Australian National Team just because he was black. This experience has probably crushed his dream of becoming a professional cricket player, but it has reinforced the drivers behind it- resilience, leadership, persistence and “never-give-up” attitude.
Paul has successfully graduated 26 years ago from the Western Sydney University with a Bachelor Degree in Business and ever since has been an active entrepreneur creating job opportunities for his community, advising NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and even lecturing some of the classes of the Indigenous Australian Studies Major program, he helped to put together.
Historically, Aboriginal people were not present in the facilities areas being banned for their skin colour but also due to lack of experience, knowledge and accreditation. Demonstrating that Aboriginal people can do it and be the best in the area has been an incredible driver for Paul Newman. He started Southern Cross Pacific together with Sam Johnson who has been in the industry for years to create a unique Australian Aboriginal integrated facilities company. Paul Newman speaks their language, “Aboriginal Peoples” language, not only from a linguistics point of view but from a historical, cultural, and traditional perspective. “A white person will never speak our language, they will never fully understand us. There are plenty of People our there who are ready to be employed, trained and given an opportunity for a better life. We can recruit them, get them accreditation through pre-employment programs. The time to act is now.” (Paul Newman).
“To be an indigenous leading provider of integrated security, facilities, training, technology and development services for our diverse and valued customers while being an employer of choice for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander People”.