Central Desert Regional Council, NT, for Creating great landfills in central Australia remote Aboriginal communities—Transcript

[Music plays and text appears on screen: Creating great landfills in central Australia remote Aboriginal communities, Central Desert Regional Council, NT. Boosting Productivity through Infrastructure CATEGORY WINNER. Australian Coat of Arms appears with text: Australian Government. Logo and text appears on the bottom right of screen: National Awards 2015 for Local Government]

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Mick Cafe: The program I'm working with covers three remote councils, in total around about 850,000 square kilometers.

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In our landfills across central Australia we had a number of significant issues. Waste was being burnt as standard practice, it wasn't being separated, there was no defined landfills in some locations.

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We've tried to develop a program which turns things around and makes landfills actually quite a pleasant place to be in as a work environment.

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It's a program that is about improving landfills across regional Indigenous Australia, so our program is training, bringing in standard designs for landfills, and making sure that we bring our Indigenous workforce along with us to implement change.

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Work safety was a critical element of our program, and making sure that our workers had a safe environment to work in, whereas previously they didn't, and that community could use their landfill in a proper fashion as well.

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We've developed two specific units of training in waste management, which are accredited training units, and we deliver those into our remote communities over a week long period, and we train the guys on site.

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We aimed fairly high with what we wanted in our landfills, which was to replicate other municipality landfills around the country, and doing that with limited infrastructure and limited money I think we've achieved that.

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And I think community members can see that as well.

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I represent the workforces across you know that entire landscape, and bringing us to this award means we're bringing them to the awards table.

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We're bringing six, like I said six guys down from all over the Northern Territory to kind of celebrate.

[Text appears on screen: Creating great landfills in central Australia remote Aboriginal communities, Central Desert Regional Council, NT. Boosting Productivity through Infrastructure CATEGORY WINNER. Australian Coat of Arms appears with text: Australian Government. Logo and text appears on the bottom right of screen: National Awards 2015 for Local Government]

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Last Updated: 18 June, 2015