Safespear launch business in Perth with Hon. Ben Wyatt (MLA), Hon. Roger Cook (MLA) and Al Williams (Chevron Australia MD) in attendance
New business Safespear was officially launched last night at a well-attended event held at the Reveley on Elizabeth Quay, Perth. The event was attended by the Hon, Roger Cook (MLA) Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health and the Hon. Ben Wyatt (MLA) Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Aboriginal Affairs; Lands, and Al Williams (MD Chevron Australia).
The launch event was attended by over 100 industry and government representatives from the major Oil and Gas operators, state government and industry. The event celebrated Safespear marking a new era of safely managing hazardous working environments in both offshore and onshore facilities in Australia. Safespear is an Aboriginal-owned business bringing together the combined expertise of Redspear Safety and Safehouse, which is a part of the private equity-backed Starn Group.
Safehouse and Redspear Safety have a long history of working with many of the world’s oil majors around the globe. The businesses have come together to form Safespear, offering the market an un-surpassed and diverse offering of highly specialised services under the one brand.
Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt AM said of the partnership, “This is an exciting partnership which has the power to connect local people with jobs and opportunities in a truly global industry.”
At the launch event last night, Ben Wyatt (MLA) said “It’s important that Aboriginal businesses, such as Safespear, are there front and center in front of the big operators when it comes to providing technical skills to the oil and gas sector. I’m so proud of the work Barry, and Safespear, do in the community ensuring that Aboriginal people aren’t on the sidelines of our economy, but are front and centre when it comes to Aboriginal people getting a chance to take risk and getting value from it.”
Barry McGuire (Redspear Director and Safespear Chairman) has had a strong passion for safety since working in the mining sector many years ago and experiencing a fatality at the site, which he describes as “devastating”. Since then, he has been passionate about improving work site safety and created the Redspear Safety business.
Barry McGuire said “This new venture with Safehouse will allow the business to fully diversify in the supply of a wide range of safety solutions, services and products to effectively manage hazardous working environments in both onshore and offshore settings. Furthermore, it gives us the opportunity to provide real jobs in regional and remote Australia so that all Australians can plan for their future and the future of their families with confidence.”
Olie Back (Regional Director APAC, Safehouse Australia and Safespear Director) added, “We are incredibly excited and honoured to be forming this new business with Redspear. For the past 15 years, Safehouse has worked with Oil & Gas operators around the globe to provide services and products focussed on protecting people, assets and production. Safespear will maintain this focus while bringing to market a more diversified service offering and provide opportunities to train and give experience to local Indigenous personnel, in specialist areas that have traditionally been difficult to access.”