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3 Construction – earthworks and
3 Office administration
3 Cleaning contract – depot and offices
3 Rubbish collection – all waste
3 Vacuum truck supply – liquid waste
collection, pot holing, trenching
3 Machine operators – loader, grader,
excavator, dozer, dump truck, crane
3 Maintenance workshop service
3 Trades – surveying, plumbing,
building maintenance, welding,
mechanics, hydraulics, electrical
3 Traffic management
3 Fencing – installing new as well as
maintenance of existing fences
3 Water bore testing – logging of results
3 Fire breaks – grading, maintaining,
3 Roads, track maintenance and
3 Garden maintenance
3 Timber processing, mulching
3 Waste, rubbish management
3 Labour hire
3 Emergency Services personnel
3 Transport of equipment from stores
to site, or pick-up and local delivery –
Alice Springs, Darwin
3 Cross-cultural training.
What are the aims of Intract with
regards to the partnership with TNG?
Intract’s main aim is to create jobs for
Aboriginal people. The main challenge
with this in relation to resourcing the
project is the existing skills base of
the local Anmatjere people. Intract will
work closely with the Central Desert
Regional Council to identify the skills
needed and training required in the
lead-up to employment opportunities.
The government-funded RJCP provides
the Central Desert Regional Council
with the resources to create the
training and employment pathways
that are necessary.
Initially, opportunities will be created
around early works packages, including
civil and camp infrastructure, ahead
of the main construction of the Mount
Peake mine. As the project progresses,
there will be further opportunities for
Aboriginal enterprise within the local
community, and Intract will provide
support, mentoring and assistance to
ensure that this happens.
The first Aboriginal enterprise created
through the project will be a cross-
cultural training program developed by
locals to educate all workers employed on
the project about the Anmatjere culture.
What will be the value of this
partnership to the local community
in the Northern Territory?
The retention of Aboriginal employees
will be key, along with a flexible
approach to employment that caters for a
non-traditional method, and is different
from the current fly-in fly-out (FIFO) and
drive-in drive-out (DIDO) arrangements.
Intract will consult with the Anmatjere
people on their preferred arrangements
to ensure maximum retention of the
Central Desert regional people.
Engaging local Aboriginal people to
be a significant part of the workforce
that will deliver the project provides
cost savings and promotes more
opportunities for the local community.
It allows Aboriginal people to prosper
and keep their communities alive.
Intract is focused on creating a sense
of pride throughout the communities
as they become self-sufficient and not
reliant on welfare.
What has the response to the
partnership been like from the
local Indigenous community?
On a recent site inspection to Mount
Peake and community visit to Ti Tree,
Wilowra and Stirling Station, I was
overwhelmed by the support and genuine
excitement shown by the local Anmatjere
people. Even before I had the chance
to return home to Adelaide, my phone
was ringing off the hook with young
Aboriginal men phoning after missing the
community meeting. They wanted more
information on the steps that they need to
take to gain employment.
Peter van Heusden, Regional Services
Manager for the Central Desert Regional
Council, expressed his excitement about
the project and the involvement of
Intract and McMahon Services.
‘It’s great to see the project coming
into fruition after hearing about
it for quite some time. Other than
station and CDEP work, there hasn’t
been much opportunity for the local
community in terms of employment.
This project coming into fruition and the
engagement of Intract by TNG presents
a positive outlook for the people of this
community. It’s exciting.’
What local economic outcomes
are envisaged as a result of this
partnership with Intract and TNG?
3 Micro-enterprise – building the
capacity, capability and skill sets
within the community to create
further opportunities and more
3 Increased spending – increasing micro-
enterprise within the local communities
results in increased funds available to
be spent in the community, and helps
3 Flow-on to existing businesses –
supply of goods and services from
existing businesses in the local
community as a result of the needs of
the project (for example, the general
store at Stirling Station).
Andrew McMahon (McMahon Services), Kim Grey (TNG) and John Briggs (Intract) with local Anmatjere men in
Wilowra, Northern Territory
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