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IBN Development Grant: Helping to build Indigenous business

Business owners Anthony Councillor and partner, Jelissa Keland, with IBN Chairperson, Lorraine Injie, at the opening of their new salon.


Giving our members the tools they need to succeed is a key part of IBN’s strategy to create sustainable communities. The newly opened Kell & Co. hair salon in South Hedland is a great example of this in action.

With the help of a Development Grant from IBN, Banyjima member, Anthony Councillor has opened his own salon in South Hedland Square.

Development Grants provide up to $20,000 per member, per business, to develop a new or existing Pilbara-based business. The grant process includes connecting with business consultancy Many River’s to develop a detailed business plan and budget.

With a new baby, Anthony and his partner, Jelissa Keland, an experienced hairdresser, decided to return home to the Pilbara after running a successful salon in Mount Isa to be closer to family.  They plan to work in the salon together and hope to employ another stylist in the coming months.

Kell & Co. celebrated their official opening on May 3 and IBN was proud to be part of this special day. We wish you all the best Anthony and Jelissa! Visit the salon at Shop 25 (formerly Luke Paul) South Hedland Square or call 9172 3709 to book an appointment.

IBN offers a range of grants to help build small business and social enterprises, click here or call 1800 014 401 to find out more.