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Territory Alliance leaves a legacy

Territory Alliance wins the IAP2 Project of the Year Award

The Territory Alliance has been awarded the prestigious Northern Territory Award for Project of the Year by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Australasia for its community work with the Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Project (SIHIP).

The IAP2 Core Values Awards recognise and encourage projects and organisations that are at the forefront of public participation.

In partnership with Sitzler and Laing O’Rourke, McMahon Services joined the Territory Alliance to help make a difference to 72 Indigenous communities throughout the Northern Territory, by providing quality housing and skills training for local Aboriginals.

A panel of highly experienced international and independent public participation practitioners recognised the Territory Alliance for delivering a lion’s share of the project, including:

  • 518 new houses and six new subdivisions;
  • 314 rebuilds;
  • 442 refurbishments;
  • Installation of new power, water, roads and street lighting; and
  • Extensive civil works in Alice Springs – retrofitting 18 town camps with new connections and realigned roads

At the project’s peak, the Territory Alliance employed more than 750 workers, including more than 20% of local Aboriginal workers, many who came from three generations of unemployment and were also given the opportunity to undertake accredited training.

Becoming part of community life was also very important, with workers engaging with local sports teams, participating in festivals and volunteering to repair community facilities. The team also offered equipment and assisted with odd jobs, the clean-up of cyclone affected areas, and work experience for local schools.

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