Infrastructure works for Maningrida

The community of Maningrida in the Arafura region is receiving new lighting, council equipment and sewer infrastructure.

The community of Maningrida in the Arafura region is receiving new lighting, council equipment and sewer infrastructure.

Works to the community’s sewerage system upgrades included a new sewage pond and sewer main, and extending the treated sewage effluent outfall pipe. These will support the community as it grows, providing a strong system that doesn’t need ongoing work.

Previously, the treated sewage effluent outfall pipe ended on the beach, meaning that treated effluent flowed onto the beach at low tide. The outfall pipe has been extended 136 metres out to sea, well past the low tide line.

The upgrades have made the local beach safer for the community, who collect shellfish from the shore at low tide.

The community has had 1474 square meters of asbestos containing materials removed from non-government community public buildings.

As part of the asbestos removal program, three local Indigenous participants were trained and offered employment in the asbestos removal and remediation works.

The community will also benefit from a number of special purpose grants awarded to the West Arnhem Regional Council.

The West Arnhem Regional Council has received $38,900 under the Family Safe Environment Fund for solar LED lighting across parks and barbeque areas in Maningrida, Gunbalanya, Minjilang, Warruwi and Jabiru.

In Maningrida, LED lighting will be installed in the areas beside the council office, which includes a public amenity block, playground, and newly landscaped space.

The council also received $185,000 towards the cost of a Caterpillar D6 Traxcavator. The machinery will help with Maningrida’s dump management requirements, which have changed now their population has exceeded 1000 people. It will also assist with contract work, post-cyclone clean-up and other major civil works. The machine is due to arrive in Maningrida in September.

$40,000 was provided towards the purchase of a heavy duty low loader trailer to transport machinery throughout the communities of Maningrida, Gunbalanya and Jabiru.

This will allow the council to more effectively manage their fleet and have ongoing training and work for the crews operating their fleet.

West Arnhem Regional Council is also contributing funds to all these projects.