Here at DRS, our objectives include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders employment, implementation of culturally appropriate training and recruitment practices and programmes and development of practices for promoting Cultural Awareness that demonstrate an inclusive and welcoming environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders employees.

Thomas Hutcheson

Tom has a wealth of experience working on remote communities throughout the Norther Territory. From humble beginnings as a painter to successfully managing his own business for the last 20 years and playing a pivotal role in building the Joint Venture between Dundee Rock and Duratec (DDR Indigenous Contractors), a $45 Million dollar company.

Tom hales from the Wakka Wakka and Kabbi Kabbi clans in Queensland, about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Brisbane, Queensland. From the missions to the cattle stations, Tom and his family endured the hardships that came with the era of the Stolen Generations.

Tom’s great-great grandmother, Mamie Willoughby, aka ’Mimi Dawson’ was born in Eidsvold, which is located south-west of Bundaberg (Wakka Wakka).

Matilda Dawson ’Tilly Willoughby Collins‘,Tom’s great-grandmother, known to him as ‘Granny Tilly Collins’, was born in 1891 on Widgee Station (Kabbi Kabbi).

“My grandmother, Elsie Willieboy, aka Lewis, was born in Nanango (Wakka Wakka and Kabbi Kabbi), however, her birth date is unknown. My mother, Kathleen Willieboy, known as Kathy or Kate Hutcheson, was part of the stolen generation and was born in 1933 in Barambah Mission Reserve, which was later renamed Cherbourg Mission.” – Tom Hutcheson

From this hardship, Tom developed a passion for Indigenous owned and run businesses that employ, train, and promote our first nations peoples. With global ambitions, his sights are set on improving the economic outcomes of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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