In a landmark collaboration, Indigenous construction company Rork Projects has partnered with the National Basketball League foundation club the Brisbane Bullets, as their new Major Partner. The significant announcement means that Rork Projects have increased support of the club after first joining as an Official Partner and Indigenous Round naming rights partner in 2019.
This major investment makes Rork Projects the biggest individual partner the Bullets have had since the club returned to the National Basketball League (NBL), and the first Indigenous business to sponsor an NBL team. Through the partnership, Rork Projects, the Brisbane Bullets and the NBL are working together to grow Australian communities and industries.
Rork Projects Managing Director Brian O’Rourke says the current economic climate has provided both the opportunity and the motivation to seek out new avenues for growth.
“If there was ever a time for creative business opportunities, it’s now,” Brian O’Rourke said. “We’re very fortunate that the construction industry has remained operational over the last several months - in fact, the reduction of people working in offices has given us opportunities to accelerate some projects. It’s important for us to use this opportunity to support our partners and back local."
Continuing from a successful first round, Rork Projects remain the Brisbane Bullets’ Indigenous Round Naming Rights Partner for the upcoming season. This partnership and focus on Indigenous achievement and excellence aligns with Rork Projects’ values.
"As a national Indigenous business, sponsoring the Brisbane Bullets’ Indigenous Round for us is an exciting opportunity to celebrate and combine some of our passions – including Indigenous achievement, culture and the sport of basketball," Rork Projects Co-owner John Paul Janke said.
"I grew up watching and being inspired by Indigenous Basketball icon and Olympian Danny Morseu and in particular his NBL championship with the Brisbane Bullets in 1987. The Indigenous Round not only honours the past Indigenous heroes – but it generates a lot of pride, recognition and opportunity for the next round of talented Indigenous players to shine.
"As an Indigenous business we are committed to creating and supporting others to gain an increased understanding of this country’s First Nations cultures, traditions, languages and stories, both in the past and the present.”