IES enviro-scapes | Background

Our Mission is to...

Deliver high quality project outcomes for clients whilst creating economic opportunities and employment for Aboriginal people.

Established in 2010, Indigenous Economic Solutions Pty Ltd, T/A IES enviro-scapes is an Aboriginal owned and managed company.

As Whadjuk Noongar Traditional Owners (TO) we have an ongoing role and responsibility in the care, maintenance and protection of the environment in which we live.

Whilst we understand that progress in inevitable, we still see our role as maintaining the balance between construction, mining and the environment.

As a TO owned business we also have a commitment to engage with other traditional owners groups and communities where we have been engaged to deliver on a contract that extends into their land.

We provide a variety of services in the areas of:

  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Compliance Services
  • Heritage and Cultural Matters
  • Landscaping
  • Labour Hire

Environmental Management

Our team of environmental specialists can meet a variety of your company’s requirements.

Some of the services we can provide include:

  • Rehabilitation and revegetation services
  • Pest and weed audits and management
  • Flora Revegetation and rehabilitation
  • Erosion control
  • Seed collection and preparation


Environmental Compliance Services

Some of the services we can provide include:

  • Water monitoring
  • Bore level sampling
  • Dust monitoring
  • Site inspections
  • Spill kit monitoring and replenishment

Heritage and Cultural Matters

As Whadjuk Noongar Traditional Owners, we have a deep understanding and respect for all things relating to the land and water and we endeavour to ensure that this knowledge is transferred to Aboriginal People and the wider community.

Our specialised services include the delivery of:

  • Site plans that include the cultural perspective and practises relating to native flora and fauna and their traditional uses
  • The preparation and facilitation of ‘Section 18’ report obligations relating to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972
  • Cultural Heritage Management Plans including research and data collection, stakeholder consultations and report submission
  • Cultural interpretation (design and construct projects)
  • Cross Cultural Awareness Training
  • Site inductions specific to the project and location
  • We engage a pool of trained and compliant Aboriginal site monitors who are Traditional Owners.


We provide a full range of landscaping design, installation and maintenance services.

Labour Hire

We can assist your company to recruit and retain skilled Aboriginal employees.

Our Management Team

Karen Jacobs | Owner/Managing Director

Karen is a bloodline descendant and a traditional owner of Whadjuk Country. Her primary focus is on developing and encouraging Aboriginal people’s involvement in enterprise and business opportunities.

She has an extensive background in cultural heritage, environmental management, tourism and education with qualifications in horticulture and corporate governance. Karen has recently taken up a lecturing position at UWA in Foundation to Heritage Management. 

Her career has led her into the analysis of probity and procurement, financial management, the marketing and promotion of Aboriginal education and training programs and Aboriginal engagement and participation strategies across all industries.

Cedric Jacobs | Owner, Senior Whadjuk Elder, Traditional Owner, Cultural Advisor

Cedric Jacobs is a highly respected Aboriginal man with over 40 years’ experience in business and Aboriginal affairs and has qualifications including a diploma in Agriculture, diploma in Human Behaviour and a tertiary qualification in English. 

Cedric is formally a teacher and an ordained minister of the Anglican Church. He is the current Chairperson of the Perth Noongar Economic Foundation and Chairperson of the Sovereign Whadjuk Management Association Inc. 

Cedric was a foundation Board Member of the Aboriginal Studies Unit at Edith Cowan and Curtin Universities and has held numerous positions including establishing the Aboriginal Housing Board in Western Australia and Regional Chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.

Kezia Jacobs-Smith | Project Administrator

Kezia is a bloodline descendant of Whadjuk country. She has extensive experience in administration based roles across Federal Government and Mining.

Kezia also has a lifetimes worth of experience in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and has a great interest in educating the wider community on Aboriginal culture and history, and preserving this for future generations.


Ezra Jacobs-Smith | Environmental Engineer

John Sebire | Environmental Scientist