Issue 18
Monday, 10 October 2016
Charles Darwin University
Construction under way on the new house in Palumpa
Construction under way on the new house in Palumpa

Students build house and skill sets

By Patrick Nelson

A new house on the outskirts of remote Palumpa community has been constructed with expertise from Charles Darwin University’s School of Trades.

Construction lecturer Mark Fudge said the elevated weatherboard-style house was now at lock-up stage and soon would be assessed for a certificate of occupancy.

“The plumbing and the electrical wiring is complete. We’ve insulated it and the internal lightning is nearly finished,” Mr Fudge said.

“It’s just about ready for the painters.”

Mr Fudge said about a dozen local men, enrolled in a CDU Certificate II in Construction Pathways course, had worked on the project over the past four months.

“Not only have they made a good quality product, but the hands-on experience also has equipped them with job-ready skills.

“A couple of my students are working with tradesmen on building sites and several others are working with various employers in the area.

“In one sense they have become strong role models by demonstrating what can be achieved in what sometimes is a challenging setting.

“I’m really happy with what has been achieved.”

Mr Fudge said the house was built in collaboration with the Thamarrurr Development Corporation and would be used as a ranger’s station.

“It contains four rooms that could be used either as bedrooms or offices, a kitchen, bathroom and a large formal entry area.”