The development of regional resourcing hubs which provide a one stop shop for RNTBC/PBC support would greatly assist PBCs/RNTBCs. The resource hub concept involves the collaboration of traditional owners in approaching service providers and stakeholders, allowing more leverage in negotiations and the pooling of resources.
This would in turn allow members to achieve greater benefits than they could as individuals.
The resource hub co-operative could meet requirements including:
- Legal advice.
- Organisational development.
- Financial services.
- Community development.
PBCs/RNTBs could approach the hub for assistance through established partnerships or professional services as and when they saw fit and in line with their priorities.
We note that in the PBCs/RNTBCs environment there is intense competition for resources such as public funding. The resource hub would allow PBCs/RNTBCs to come together at their choosing to make joint funding applications and reduce administrative costs on the ground. The resource hub would also allow local governments and proponents etcetera to approach the hub for assistance in dealing with Traditional Owners. An indicative model has been developed which will be discussed.