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Founded in 2015 by Michael O’Loughlin and Paul McCann, CMC Indigenous Services (now ARA Indigenous Services) started out delivering an integrated property maintenance service including; contract cleaning, maintenance services, soft services and waste management and has expanded to multiple industrial services since forming a partnership with the ARA group in 2017.

 

Michael O’Loughlin is an accomplished AFL player with a career spanning 20 years and Paul McCann is a successful businessman who directs national cleaning and property services company, ARA Property Services.

 

Michael and Paul have a long-standing friendship that has stemmed from their love of AFL and in particular, the Sydney Swans, the team that Michael played 303 senior AFL games for.

Until recently, Michael was heavily involved with the Sydney Swans as Head Coach of the QBE Sydney Swans Academy and in planning for his future decided to take on a joint venture with Paul where he could establish himself as a business owner in the commercial cleaning and property maintenance industry.

 

The recommendations in the Forrest Review, Creating Parity resonated with both Paul and Michael and they saw a real opportunity to draw on their knowledge, experience and links to the community to not only build a business but help make change.

 

It became evident to Paul and Michael that they could work together to create real opportunities for the Indigenous Australian community in the areas of ownership, business support, training and employment.

 

As the Managing Director, Michael draws upon his life experiences as a leader and mentor in the Indigenous Community to encourage and support Indigenous education, engagement, employment and opportunity.

 

Under Michael’s guidance and leadership, ARA Indigenous Services will be at the forefront of Indigenous education, support and engagement in a wide range of industrial industries.

 

Whilst in its infancy, ARA Indigenous Services will draw upon the capability and experience of the ARA Group to deliver reliable solutions for facilities and infrastructure.

 

ARA Indigenous Services is a Supply Nation certified company with 51% Indigenous ownership.