Indigenous Consultant / Researcher
Fred Spring is the Managing Director of Relspree Pty Ltd, an Indigenous research and consulting practice. The company provides a range of generic and specific Indigenous management and planning services to Governments and Aboriginal Corporations. His recent projects include: a feasibility study for the Noongar Alcohol and Substance Abuse Service Facilities Upgrade project, the Pilbara Indigenous Cultural Centre Feasibility and Planning Study, and the design, manufacture and marketing of energy efficient cooking appliances. He has completed an organisational management review of Ngalikuru Ngukurmarnta Aboriginal Corporation, and delivered the Energy Efficiency Education Package to 40 Aboriginal communities in WA. Fred has worked directly on the delivery of Indigenous programs in Public Sector, Non-Government and Private capacities over the last 25 years. He has considerable experience in community development and has established a strong reputation as a project manager for Indigenous projects.
Prior to establishing his research and consulting practice Fred worked with Homeswest (in Halls Creek) and the Aboriginal Housing Board of Western Australia (Perth based) for 12 years. In the early 1980s, he was also administrator/bookeeper of Balangarri Resource Centre, a Kimberley homelands community based organisation. During the 1970s, Fred worked for the PNG National Government and performed internal audit, accounting and other specialist management duties, such as departmental representative to the National Public Accounts Committee, membership of the Public Service Selection Committee and the Budgets Priority Committee, and Executive Officer.
Other current activities include Board membership of the Yirra Yaakin Aboriginal Theatre Company since 1992/93 and Chairperson of the Remote Areas Development Group (RADG) Advisory Committee, a role he has performed over the last 9 years. The RADG has focused its activities in the area of technology transfer to remote Indigenous communities since its inception in the mid-1980s and has delivered the International Community Technology 2001 Conference at Murdoch University. The Group conducts a range of collaborative design and planning projects with individual Aboriginal communities across WA and actively promotes RET and appropriate technology solutions, and ecologically sustainable practices.
Fred has been involved in a number of AERC projects, most particularly the NIFVGP Mentoring and Evaluation Scheme in which he mentored a large number of project groups around Australia. [Refer to 'What We Do - Projects' section of this website for more detail.]