El­ders’ vil­lage ready to pro­vide ser­vice

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ Ngar­luma Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion’s el­ders’ vil­lage in Roe­bourne is of­fi­cially com­pleted and will have its grand open­ing cer­e­mony this Fri­day.

Kar­ratha-based build­ing com­pany Ea­ton Build­ing be­gan con­struc­tion of the vil­lage which fea­tures nine units, a medic­i­nal gar­den, fire­place, stu­dio, court­yard, yarning cir­cle and cin­ema nearly a year ago.

Ea­ton Build­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Paul Ea­ton said he was proud of the fi­nal prod­uct.

“Ob­vi­ously be­ing an Abo­rig­i­nal el­ders vil­lage there were a lot of ex­tra things to take into con­sid­er­a­tion but work­ing along­side the (NAC) board ev­ery­thing has been pretty smooth,” he said. “There’s some cul­tural things there I could cer­tainly use in de­vel­op­ing bet­ter hous­ing for in­dige­nous peo­ple in the fu­ture.

“I think this pro­ject will be a state­ment to what the cor­po­ra­tion can achieve.” Mr Ea­ton said he was look­ing for­ward to en­ter­ing the pro­ject into builders’ awards.

El­ders vil­lage ar­chi­tect and pro­ject man­ager Bruno Ala­hakone said the vil­lage had been com­pleted within bud­get and in a rea­son­able time­frame.

“It in­cor­po­rates ev­ery­thing the Ngar­luma board wanted in the pro­ject and has achieved that within bud­get so that is quite a mile­stone,” he said.

“It’s a pro­ject that is in­ter­est­ing be­cause it’s fully funded by the Ngar­luma Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion from their land com­pen­sa­tion.

“Work­ing with the board was also in­ter­est­ing be­cause ev­ery as­pect of the pro­ject was scru­ti­nised by them, they took own­er­ship of all the de­ci­sions which went through.”

The open­ing cer­e­mony will fea­ture tra­di­tional danc­ing from Ngar­luma chil­dren, thank you mes­sages from the el­ders and a meal.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Ea­ton Build­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Paul Ea­ton with el­ders vil­lage ar­chi­tect and pro­ject man­ager Bruno Ala­hakone.

In­side the stu­dio at the el­ders vil­lage in Roe­bourne.

Com­mu­nal fire pit.

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