First Nations partnership with Cannatrek

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Discussions: At the Cannatrek site in Lemnos (from left) Matt Nelson from Regional Development Victoria, Victorian Regional Development Minister Mary-Anne Thomas, Yurringa chief operations officer Shane Wilkins and Yurringa director Daniel Briggs. Photo: Cannatrek.

The owners of the new medicinal cannabis facility in Lemnos have established a business connection with a First Nations recruitment agency.

The Cannatrek facility near Shepparton may employ up to 70 people when fully operational, and in its first phase produce five to 10 tonnes of dried premium-grade biomass flower a year, via outdoor, indoor and greenhouse growing operations.

Cannatrek founder and chief executive Tommy Huppert introduced the Yurringa company and its founder, Daniel Briggs, to Shepparton people when Victorian Regional Development Minister Mary-Anne Thomas visited the site in April..

Mr Huppert said Cannatrek and Yurringa had recently signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue meaningful dialogue across a range of initiatives including economic employment services, land and country awareness, and community outreach.

Mr Briggs, a former lawyer with family connections in the Goulburn Valley, set up the business about two years ago in Melbourne to provide recruitment and labour hire services providing First Nations and mainstream staff.

He said he was impressed by Cannatrek’s social conscience and interest in building a diverse workforce.

Yurringa will be working with Cannatrek to help fill the positions created in building the medicinal cannabis facility at Lemnos and the processing factory in Shepparton.