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ABOUT BENNELONG
ENERGY SERVICES

Bennelong Energy Services (BES) is a majority Indigenous owned and operated electrical and security maintenance and service company. Our team provides electrical, HVAC, security equipment and CCTV, and electric vehicle charging. Our clients include government departments and corporate and industrial organisations.

OUR BRAND STORY
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By Stewart James – Wiradjuri Gibir, Narrangdhura Marrambidya Bila Mayiny. (Wiradjuri Man, Narrandera Murrumbidgee River People)

Nguram-bang – Home or Country

Nguram-bang is a Wiradjuri word meaning “Home or Country”. Sounds like Noo-ram-bung.

The story of this artwork depicts a strong sense of connection to the place we call home. Through the centre of this artwork flows the Murrumbidgee River! The stories, the relationships and the connection with this river holds great significance in the journey of many people from this region.

From left to right you will see three significant symbols – these symbols represent important places for people to gather, also known as a meeting place. Surrounding these meeting places are ‘U’ shaped symbols – these shapes symbolise people who are connected to these places.

The Murrumbidgee flows into the first meeting place representing the beginning. A place where a journey has begun and a place where the people who helped share in this journey are acknowledged.

As the river continues to flow, so does the story and the journey. The larger meeting place at the centre of the artwork represents where the journey currently is now. More people are now part of this story. The relationships and connections are greater. The red ochre journey lines that swirl externally from the meeting place represent the branching out and the wider networks that stem back to centrepiece of this story.

And again, as the river continues to flow, so does the story and the journey! It will move toward the future of this journey, which is a story that will continue grow.

The yellow dots that move outwards represents the layers of our ancestors. People who came before us must be always acknowledged. The shaded green swirling lines that sit in adjacent in opposite corners represent the land that has been crossed throughout this process. The dot pattern that sits behind the green swirling lines represent the boundaries of other language groups that surround the regions where this story begins and where this story continues.

OUR LEADERSHIP

CLIFF LYONS

Director

Proud Indigenous NRL legend, Cliff Lyons is the major shareholder of BES and founded the company in 2004. Over the past 20 years Cliff has been a driving force to the success and growth of the business.

 

Cliff has carved out an amazing career as a former professional rugby league player, staring in 332 NRL games and six test matches for Australia. As one of the most talented players in NRL history, Cliff played most of his rugby league for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, in the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Cliff was also named in the Indigenous rugby league team of the century.

 

Cliff is a Wiradjuri man and Narrandera Murrumbidgee River Person and has been heavily involved in nurturing Indigenous and Pacific Islander youth, with BES proud to be associated with the NRL and its School to Work program, to support and mentor young Indigenous men and women into the world of electrical and security accreditations and apprenticeships.

Cliff is committed to providing a pathway for Indigenous youth seeking a career in trade services, by creating sustainable employment opportunities within a culturally inclusive and supportive workplace.

GAVEN SHEEHAN

Director and General Manager

Gaven Sheehan has 25 years’ experience in the facilities and corporate industries.

 

Together with Cliff Lyons, Gaven is a co-founder of Bennelong Energy Services (BES) and has worked as General Manager and Director of Sales for the past 16 years in his own electrical businesses including BES. Prior to this Gaven was Director of Sales for a number of water companies including Zip Industries and Culligan Water.

JOINT VENTURE PARTNER

BGIS is a global integrated facilities management provider and committed to providing business opportunities and career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in facilities management and trade services. BES was a long-standing vendor to BGIS, providing services to its client accounts across the eastern states of Australia. The two businesses got to know each other’s credentials and values through years of collaborating on the Bennelong Cup. This long-term relationship enabled BGIS to understand the synergies between the organisations and ultimately led to formalising the relationship with a minority shareholding. The joint venture is governed by a board comprising two BGIS representatives and two BES representatives.

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