Bis partners with Girls Academy Bis' Arron Johnson (centre) with Girls Academy students Lillie Bird and Zoe Fleming and program coordinators Kylie Minsom and Blanche Biles at Gunnedah High School. Photo: Alyssa Barwick Bis recently formed an exciting and rewarding corporate partnership with Girls Academy in Gunnedah, New South Wales to support Aboriginal girls to stay in school. Girls Academy is Australia’s leading provider of in-school programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls. Bis has been a proud part of the Gunnedah community for almost four years, working alongside our customer, Whitehaven Coal Mining to deliver Load and Haul solutions. Our CEO, Brad Rogers, said the Company was “proud to partner with Girls Academy, which helps thousands of Aboriginal girls overcome some of the common barriers which keep them from attending school”. “At Bis, we foster an inclusive culture which embraces difference. We also provide a range of opportunities in our business for women and Indigenous Australians to build a career in the mining industry,” he said. Girls Academy is the brainchild of basketball legend and Olympian Ricky Grace, with the organisation now providing programs in more than 40 schools across Australia. “Our aspirational funding model includes one third from the business community and partners like Bis are vital to the work we do,” Ricky said.