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News from the Front Desk, Issue 495: Everybody needs a fresh look from time to time, and The Fifth Estate is no different.

The time has come to shed our old skin and emerge anew with a stunning new refurbished website, complete with all the bells and whistles to make your visits to our online publication exponentially better.

The latest iteration of our beloved website will be easier to navigate and will help us highlight the stories that really matter. It’s also – importantly – a lot easier on the eyes.

We’re now able to package you up content in new and exciting ways, such as our expanded coverage on Indigenous businesses made possible with Covid-19 support grant funding from the City of Sydney.

The Fifth Estate has always been keen to promote the amazing things happening in the Indigenous business community, such as the design work of Wailwan and Gamilaraay architect, interior designer, lecturer and knowledge broker, Jefa Greenaway and Palawa woman Angie Abdilla from Indigenous-led social enterprise Old Ways New, which draws on the knowledge, strengths and insights of Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities to reshape the consultation process and Indigenous.

Angie was part of a panel at Tomorrowland in 2019 along with Clarence Slockee, a Mindjingbal man from Bundjalung country, who is often seen on the ABC’s Gardening Australia and Dr Virginia Marshall, a Wiradjiri Nyemba woman who is the Inaugural Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow with the Australian National University’s School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and the Fenner School of Environment and Society. 

But we realise we’ve only been scratching the surface, with around 12,000 to 16,000 Indigenous owned businesses out there already and further growth expected.

For the first article in the series, we interviewed Darren Godwell, descendent of the Kokoberren peoples of Cape York and co-founder and acting chief executive of the newly formed Indigenous Network for Investment, Trade and Export (IgNITE).

Godwell told The Fifth Estate that the time has come to unlock mainstream finance and overseas markets to help this promising group of Indigenous-led businesses grow and progress.

That’s why IgNITE was founded: It’s an intermediary organisation tasked with boosting market intelligence to aid investment into Indigenous owned businesses, building a network of investors and opening the door to export markets for Indigenous businesses.

The group has already made history earlier this month, marking the first time Indigenous economic interests were included in Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade negotiations for the new free trade agreement with the United Kingdom.

We hope our expanded coverage will help highlight and spread the word far and wide about the great work going on in the Indigenous business community, and if all goes to plan, The Fifth Estate will become a permanent home for this content.

We welcome all pitches and ideas on this topic (send to editorial@thefifthestate.com.au), as well as OpEds (Spinifex) for those who like to write.

The City of Sydney’s grant will also go towards expanded coverage on another topic close to our hearts at The Fifth Estate: needs-based housing. Expect more on this important topic in the coming months.

There’s still some final finessing to do on our site so if you have any (constructive) thoughts or feedback you’d like to share, please email us at info@thefifthestate.com.au

R.I.P. clunky old website … you will not be missed.

Welcome to the new!

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