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Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) has commenced work on a collaborative project with the Cherbourg Council, the University of Canberra, and remote architecture specialist Dr Steve Burroughs to establish a new materials recycling facility in Cherbourg, Queensland.
The project is developing an otherwise unused and incomplete recycling facility into a fully operational Indigenous social enterprise, with both economic and social outcomes for Cherbourg and the surrounding communities, and is anticipated to be operating by the end of this year.
Dr Burroughs has been engaged by IBA to bring his architectural and remote building expertise to the project, linking to University of Canberra faculties and students, as well as to several other architecture, design and business planning experts.
The project envisages a facility wholly managed and staffed by Indigenous people, who will undertake all aspects of the operation, from kerbside collection of recyclable materials, to sorting, processing and packaging those materials to be used again elsewhere.
For more information about recycling in Indigenous Australian communities, see the Waste management section of the HealthInfoNet's portal for Indigenous Environmental Health Practitioners.
Source: Indigenous Business Australia