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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Car bodies collection project



The Car bodies collection project was facilitated by the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley, Sims Metal Management, and the Aboriginal communities within the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley in Western Australia (WA). The project was initiated in response to health and waste management issues arising from a large number of car bodies abandoned around the Town Reserves in the Shire region.

The Shire's Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit approached Sims Metal Management to help remove all car bodies to the local tip, which was done with the assistance of community members and the Centre of Appropriate Technology (CAT). Approximately 400 cars were successfully crushed on site at the tip and removed by Sims Metal, weighed, and money per tonne was provided back to the communities. This money was used to assist the Shire with other community projects.

Abstract adapted from the West Australian Indigenous storybook


Shire of Derby/West Kimberley
Derby Office
PO Box 94
Derby WA 6728
Ph: (08) 9191 0999
Fax: (08) 9191 0998


Last updated: 22 June 2015
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