The Connection with Joseph ‘Joey’ Wallace, Managing Director, Multhana Property Services
March 16, 2023 – The Connection
Tell us about your organisation?
Multhana Property Services is an Indigenous business that was established to provide employment, upskilling, and career development opportunities for Indigenous and socioeconomically disadvantaged people.
‘Multhana’ translates to ‘coming together to help each other’ in the Kalkadoon language, referring to our mutually beneficial relationship with our clients.
What do you like about the wider South Bank Precinct?
One thing I’ve always liked about South Bank is that there is always something new going on. Whether it be a new restaurant or new construction to upgrade a space, seeing the growth in the area is always exciting for me. With the 2032 Brisbane Olympics approaching, I hope to see Indigenous businesses gain more recognition and representation in the projects leading up to the Games.
What was your first job?
I worked in Indigenous affairs at Centrelink in Ingham, Far North Queensland. This inspired me to start a career in Indigenous social policy within government and private industries, to create institutional change.
What are your words of wisdom?
People buy from people, so talk to people. It’s all about networking and putting yourself out there. I’m also a big believer that if you do the right thing, good things will happen for you.
What would you like to see Brisbane achieve in the leadup/beyond 2032?
In the leadup to 2032 and beyond, I would like to see more Indigenous businesses land sizeable contracts within the Brisbane business community. Indigenous employment is a key indicator of strong economic and social development.