24 May 2021
Water for All is a non-profit initiative founded in Sweden by Atlas Copco employees to provide people in need with clean drinking water. We have been working here in Australia over the past year to contribute to the Water for All initiative. In 2018 Epiroc split from Atlas Copco into two companies, however we continue to work together on joint projects via our new Water for All partner, Engineers Without Borders Australia.
Engineers Without Borders is a community organisation that creates a social value through engineering. This organisation focuses on improving the lives of disadvantaged communities through sustainable engineering projects. We are interested in supporting a program from EWB called Engineering on Country. The program aims to increase Aboriginal peoples’ capability to live safely and productively on Country and to pursuers community aspirations.
Our current project is the WASH for Karunjie, Nyaliga Ranger Base (2020-2021). We have been focusing on this project since February 2020 with an aim to construct WASH (Wash and Sanitation and Health) facilities at the Nyaliga Ranger Base for the Karunjie community. The Nyaliga people are the Traditional Owners of Karunjie, located 160km south-west of Wyndham. The Nyaliga Aboriginal Corporation are developing long term plans for the development of their land.
The WASH for Karunjie, Nyaliga Ranger Base (2020-2021) project will result in the Nyaliga community having access to safe and clean water in the community buildings and ranger base. Once the project has been implemented, members of the community will be able to access sanitation and hygiene facilities.
The project will enable the community to meet their aspirations of living on Country and caring for Country. Offsite modular pre-construction of the ranger base is currently underway and will be transported to Karunjie Station for onsite installation and completion in July 2021. Stay tuned for more updates.