Yappala is a small remote Indigenous community located 340km north of Adelaide and it is home to the Adnyamathanha nation.
Intract Australia was contracted by Viliwarinha Yura Aboriginal Corporation to provide building upgrades to 12 residential buildings at the Yappala Station. Works included demolition, partition installation, carpentry and roofing works.
The buildings had not been renovated in approximately 15 years prior to the current owners taking possession, and featured unsafe electrical installations requiring repairs and upgrades. Wear and tear had also taken its toll on several of the old buildings, some of which are over 70 years old. Kitchen joinery was in need of repair and plumbing fixers were calcifying and not functioning. There was also an opportunity for improved living by increasing the existing veranda covered area and installing solar panels for electricity efficiency.
Scope of Work
The scope of works included kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations, carpentry repairs and replacements to windows, doors and screen doors replacement, cladding replacement, new electrical works that included safety checks and new wiring, new lighting, new ceiling fans, new air conditioning, new plumbing checks and reworks, roof repairs, gutter and downpipe replacements, new solar power installations and generator back-up, wall and linings remedial works, internal painting throughout most occupied buildings, and the construction of a new veranda.
Indigenous and Local Participation
Intract Australia had three of their Indigenous Intract personnel on the project, along with two Indigenous personnel from Complete Personnel employment agency to take on the project. The works took place from June to August 2017 and achieved a 75% Indigenous workforce across the project.