Bunja takes on lawn maintenance around the homes of the elders


Bunja Smith lives on the south coast of New South Wales in the Eurobodalla Shire. As an Aboriginal Elder and leader in his community, he has many roles and is passionate about the advancement of Aboriginal people. One of his roles in the community involves supporting indigenous elders. As part of this service, he provides, with the help of a small team, lawn maintenance around the homes of the elderly. As the number of elderly people has increased, he needs to expand the team. He could hire three more young people to do the maintenance work, but he had no money for equipment.

The Dr Steve Burroughs Foundation heard about Bunja’s need for garden equipment, so Dr Steve reached out to Briggs & Stratton, a generous supporter of the Foundation. They “not only generously supplied the equipment, but they delivered it as well.” Dean Harriott, Managing Director, Australasia and South East Asia of Briggs & Stratton and Rob Mellor, Business Development Manager, joined Dr Steve today in the distribution of the equipment to Bunja Smith, Managing Director on the Bumberung Aboriginal Corporation. The range of garden equipment included an industrial ride-on mower, push mowers, chain saws, whipper snippers, blowers, and Personal Protective Equipment.

Bunja Smith held a traditional welcome to country and smoking ceremony for the Dr Steve Burroughs Foundation and Briggs & Stratton. Bunga said the donations “filled my heart with happiness and made it fly like an eagle.” The equipment meant not only could he train and hire three new young people but the opportunity to work would also enable a sense of pride and self-worth in them.

The Foundation was established to provide an important bridge between the corporate sector and Australia’s first peoples to enable local development and a sense of pride and achievement. Dr Steve Burroughs believes “It is people that make a difference to our fellow human beings. We cannot change things overnight but maybe our efforts will empower someone to feel better about themselves and possibly develop future opportunities to do something different with their lives.”

Dr Steve Burroughs is passionate about supporting Indigenous Australians and does so without any assistance from the Government. He set up the Foundation to help bring about positive change. This donation exemplifies how the Foundation fosters sustainable development and advancement of Australia’s first people.

Dr Steve would also like to thank Rob Richmond for his support in organising the event and making the contacts. Rob is the Cultural Operations Manager for the Foundation.

Left to Right, Rob Mellor, Dr Steve Burroughs, Bunja Smith and Dean Harriott

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