Yabur Yulgun, Project Coordination
Client: Yabur Yulgun CDEP Aboriginal Corporation
Malabugilmah is an aboriginal settlement located some 90 north west of Grafton on the Clarence Way. The village contains approximately 12 houses. The settlement is serviced with bitumen roads, electricity, telephone, water and sewerage. The treated water supply is obtained from a permenant waterhole in an adjacent creek. All houses have septic systems, however not all systems were operating effectively.
Under aboriginal funding grants, government monies were obtained to upgrade the sewage facilities and provide work for the local population. The sewerage proposed was an on-site wetland-based wastewater system which incorporates irrigation of the treated effluent to the community’s sporting facility.
GeoLINK’s initial involvement was to provide design details for the construction of the sporting field (rugby league field) together with the irrigation of the sewage effluent to the sporting field including effluent storage and pumping facilities. Construction of the system would be undertaken by a local civil works contractor using the local aboriginal workforce.
Once approval was obtained, GeoLINK was requested to extend its involvement in the project to undertake a project coordination role on behalf of the Yabur Yulgun CDEP Aboriginal Corporation.
This entailed regular on-site supervision, contract administration, budgeting and progress payments for the contractor. The project was completed on time and within budget.
The outcome has been a huge benefit to the community by providing an improved sewer system, a new irrigated football field as well as providing work within the aboriginal community. A win-win project all round.