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Fire trailers will aid remote Indigenous communities in WA, SA

Date posted: 10 August 2012

Remote communities in the Kimberley, in Western Australia, and in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, in South Australia, will have access to their own mobile fire fighting equipment for the first time.

A number of fire trailers, designed and produced by the non-profit Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) in Alice Springs, are being sent to various Indigenous groups to help manage bushfires.

Manager, Nick Raymond, says the production of each unit, valued at over $20,000, has also created full-time manufacturing jobs for Aboriginal people.

'The trailer has been a least partially made by Indigenous trainees who came to CAT as learners doing some accredited training,' he said.

'And I guess it's always been our intention to provide some employment afterwards and that's what's happened.

These guys are now full-time employed in the workshop here and they've been heavily involved in making the trailer.'

Source: ABC Rural


Last updated: 25 October 2012
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