Issue 6
Monday, 08 May 2017
Charles Darwin University
Building Technology Team Leader Luis Espinoza
Building Technology Team Leader Luis Espinoza

Remote building project underway

A group of Charles Darwin University construction students will begin work this week on a housing project in Nhulunbuy’s Gunyangara community.

Building Technology Team Leader Luis Espinoza said the project provided “an ideal scenario” for the nine trainees to develop real-world construction skills.

“The aim is to have highly positive outcomes for the trainees, who in return will become an asset to their community and mentor new trainees in the future,” Mr Espinoza said.

“They will work beside a team of builders who will construct 10 concrete block houses over the next 18 months.”

Mr Espinoza said CDU was offered the contract because of its commitment to Indigenous training in remote areas and because of the support it could offer as a registered training organisation through its campus at Nhulunbuy.

“The clients are Gumatj Aboriginal Corporation (DRG), and Delta Reef, one of the largest building companies in East Arnhem.

“Our building technology lecturer Bradley Shepherd will support DRG’s on-site trainer, and oversee the assessment of students, who are enrolled with us in the Certificate II in Construction Pathways.

“We will also provide students with literacy and numeracy support as needed.”

Mr Espinoza said this was a strategically important venture for CDU.

“We are optimistic that success in this project might lead to similar construction projects with other Indigenous communities,” he said.

“In about 18 months from now the Gumatj Aboriginal Corporation will have 10 brand new staff houses and we will have nine expertly trained construction pathway graduates.”