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EWB Australia aims to work proudly with Aboriginal  and non-Aboriginal Australians to improve the quality of life of Aboriginal people through education and sustainable engineering projects. Through these projects the engineering profession and Aboriginal Australians will build strong relationships based on a two way sharing of knowledge and cultures. This will further our ultimate goal of a reconciled Australia by becoming more culturally aware and responsible, developing our knowledge and skills, and inspiring others into action.

 

THEMATIC AREAS


EWB is working with community partners to address humanitarian needs in the following thematic areas:

 

 

 

 

VICTORIA

Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation

Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation

Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation (YYNAC) was incorporated in 1998 and represents the clans speaking the Yorta Yorta language, including the Kaitheban, Wollithiga, Moira, Ulupna, Bangerang, Kwat Kwat, Yalaba Yalaba and Ngurai-illiam-wurrung. Yorta Yorta Country is within an area currently known as the central Murray-Goulburn region in northern Victoria and southern NSW.

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EWB and YYNAC have a round-table partnership with engineering firm GHD and urban design firm David Lock Associates. The partnership is focused on training and skills development opportunities for Yorta Yorta community, especially youth, supporting YYNAC in visioning and management of key cultural and environmental assets, and education activities combining traditional and western science.

Projects:
Visioning Project
Cultural Knowledge Project
Skills development and training programme

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NEW SOUTH WALES

La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council

La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council

The La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council is the representative body of the La Perouse Mission community and manages the land stretching from Como to Elizabeth Bay in Sydney, New South Wales. The members of the council have over 150 years connection with the mission activities at Yarra Bay. The council provides support to its members in the form of social housing and youth, childcare and aged care services. The council also plays a key role in cultural heritage, providing consultation to the office of Environment and Heritage and local government.

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EWB and La Perouse LALC are establishing a relationship in partnership with SKM, focussed on cross cultural training, preserving La Perouse cultural heritage assets, and creating opportunities for La Perouse youth.

 

Projects:
Colebrook Memorial Aboriginal Evangelical Church Restoration Support
La Perouse Energy Efficiency Project

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QUEENSLAND

Bana Yarralji Bubu Aboriginal Corporation

Bana Yarralji Bubu Aboriginal Corporation

Bana Yarralji Bubu Aboriginal Corporation (BYB) is an incorporated body that represents the interests of the Kunawarra clan group associated with Shipton’s Flat - a cultural healing place for the Kuku Nyunkgal people in the Queensland Daintree region. Their work at Shipton’s Flat is a leading example of the development of sustainable livelihoods through natural resource management in the wet tropics.

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EWB and BYB are working in partnership with the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) to support BYB's natural resource management activities. The partnership is focussed on supporting BYB's capacity development and installing culturally appropriate and sustainable infrastructure on Country. BYB's groundbreaking work in partnership with CAT, EWB, Aurecon on the Shipton's Flat Basic infrastructure project was recognised with a Queensland Reconciliation Award in 2011 by the Queensland Government. The project was acknowledged as a successful example of what organisations from the community, not-for-profit and corporate sectors can achieve in collaboration.

Projects:
Shipton's Flat Basic Infrastructure project
Shiptons Flat Phase 2

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Kooma Traditional Owners Association

Kooma Traditional Owners Association

Kooma Traditional Owners Association Incorporated (KTOAI) manage the traditional land for the Gwamu (Kooma) people of South West Queensland. KTOAI's key focus includes cultural and natural heritage management at Murra Murra and Bendee Downs properties, which they acquired through the Indigenous Land Corporation in 2000.

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EWB and KTOAI are celebrating a tremendously successful partnership since 2008. The partnership is focussed on improving the quality of life of Kooma people through education and sustainable engineering projects, and to date has included work on waste management, assessment of waterways, sustainable energy, and sanitation. Through the partnership KTOAI have educated hundreds of engineers and others in traditional natural resource management and living sustainably.

Projects:
Kooma Energy project
Kooma Water Management project
Kooma Amenities Project

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Lama Lama Land Trust

Lama Lama Land Trust

The Lama Lama people are the Traditional Owners for lands extending for several hundred kilometres around Princess Charlotte Bay on the east coast of the Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland. LLLT are committed to enhancing their ranger program on Country to enable meaningful employment and conservation of the land for future generations.

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EWB works in partnership with LLLT and the Centre for Appropriate Technology to support LLLT's natural resource management activities.

Projects:
Port Stewart Ranger Base

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Badjaling Noongar Partnership

Badjaling Noongar Partnership

The Badjaling Noongar Aboriginal Wanderers (Badjaling) represent the Mission community located on the Badjaling Reserve in the Quairading Shire about 2.5 hours east of Perth, Western Australia. The community has had a “Back to Badjaling” movement since 1984, to enhance cultural heritage, identity and empowerment.

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EWB and Badjaling are working alongside SKM on wastewater management on Badjaling reserve, with the view to strengthen relationships and undertake mutual learnings.

 

Projects:
Water solutions project
Cultural Mapping Project

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Woolkabunning Kiaka Incorporated

Woolkabunning Kiaka Incorporated

Woolkabunning Kiaka Inc. (WKI) represent the mission community of the old Roelands Mission located in the southwest region of Western Australia. Woolkabunning aims to provide opportunities for guests and visitors to learn about the local Aboriginal culture and heritage, while providing opportunities for local Aboriginal people to take responsibility for their future.

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WKI and EWB have been working in partnership for several years with a focus on cross-cultural awareness training, energy and waste water planning and management.

Projects:
Energy project phase 1
Energy project phase 2

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