Herb Smith is a Wiradjuri man from Wellington NSW and is the Founder/Business Owner of DREAMTIME TUKA, an Aboriginal owned Business commencing in 2015.
Herb was a career Police Officer with the New South Wales Force for 31 years before venturing into the Native Food Supply Industry. He had no previous business experience, but had a business idea, a strong passion to succeed and a strong work ethic.
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In the 5 years that he has been in business, he has achieved great success and his Aboriginal business has gained National recognition as a corporate supplier of gourmet bush food flavoured products which embody Aboriginal Australia’s rich cultural traditions.
In March 2016, He created history with QANTAS, one of the largest Corporate companies in Australia and an icon in the World Aviation Industry, when he became the first 100% owned Aboriginal business to become a ‘Supplier’ in their Food Category. Herb has an Aboriginal flavoured food product on both Domestic and Regional Link flights right across Australia and in QANTAS Lounges in several Capital Cities. In 2018, he also became the first Aboriginal owned company to supply NSW Rail Link with a food product. He currently supplies them with 8 of his products on trains across New South Wales.
He has since built business relationships with Federal and NSW State Government Departments, and high profile companies such as, Gate Gourmet, BP Australia, ACCOR Hotels, WESTPAC GROUP, Compass Group of Australia, THIESS Pty Ltd Mining Services, Australia Post, National Broadband Network, WINC, MIRVAC, Aurecon Group, and Barangaroo Authority amongst many others.
Locally Herb is seen as synonymous with business, community and leadership in Wellington and indeed across the Orana Region. He relishes taking an active role in fostering partnerships between regional businesses and community organisations as a way to identify opportunities, open avenues of communication and facilitate regional growth. His passion for the economic development of the Orana region has been further exercised with his appointment as a Board Member at Regional Development of Australia – Orana. He is also a member of the Wellington Business Chamber, a Director of the Soldier’s memorial Club and a member of the Local Aboriginal Land Council, previously holding the position of Chairperson.
He is a strong advocate for Aboriginal Education, Training, Business and Employment and is passionate about creating ‘real’ job opportunities and developing effective pathways into ongoing sustainable employment. Herb’s vision is to use the success of DREAMTIME TUKA as a ‘platform’ to assist with this passion and has developed a program called, ‘The Dreamtime Tuka Pathway to Employment’ which he has implemented through his company DREAMTIME TUKA.