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October 14, 2016 Sports No Comments Email Email

Gold Coast-based indigenous products manufacturer Jabiru Australia is on board as an official gift supplier to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

The indigenous designed gifts created by Aboriginal artists will be made available in retail stores and official GC2018 outlets throughout Australia in the lead up to and during the April 2018 event.

Jabiru Australia has been provided a sub-license to retail official products through GC2018 master licensee MATEVENTS.

It is one of more than 1,800 contracts to be awarded by the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) to companies with a Gold Coast presence.

Jabiru Australia Director John Palombo said it is exciting for his organisation to showcase the work of Aboriginal artists to Australia and to visitors from around the world.

“One hundred per cent of all design, creation, artwork and paintings are done by Indigenous Australians.

“We will be producing gift boxed boomerangs, pottery and vases, didgeridoos and exclusive pewter products, including keyrings, badges, hat pins, drinking glasses and pendants,” Mr Palombo said.

Each individual item goes through a four-step quality control process, from creation of the initial artwork to the final product presentation, before it lands in stores.

Each product created will tell the story of the Games and Gold Coast.

GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC said he is very pleased to see Indigenous artist’s designs featuring so prominently on GC2018 souvenirs and gifts.

“It’s great to see the work of Indigenous artists combined with GC2018 branding to promote the event and the talent of the artists,” Mr Beattie said.

“And an important part of the sub-licensee process is to ensure each manufacturer meets various ethical principles to make sure the highest quality products are made available for GC2018 spectators and fans from around the world.

“Jabiru, along with all manufacturers, must comply to ethical guidelines, including sourcing supply chains, health and safety processes and the disclosure of any sub-contracted suppliers to ensure a sustainable production process and to protect product quality.

“This is a golden opportunity for a local business to grow an international audience and a great example of the lasting legacy the Games will deliver for Gold Coast operators beyond the 2018 event,” Mr Beattie said.

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