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Western Australia Minister for Regional Development and Lands Brendon Grylls

WannaWork And Leighton Contractors’ Joint Venture Signing

Victor P Taffa

  • Contract to employ indigenous workers on Ord scheme

Another milestone achievement of the Ord Irrigation Scheme was reached this week with the signing of a joint venture agreement to deliver works for Leighton Contractors on the infrastructure build for the project.

The new joint venture, known as Leighton WannaWork Joint Venture, will initially install 23 road box culverts along the new Moonamang and Wooljim roads.

Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls, in Kununurra for the JV signing, said the agreement would support a significant participation in the Ord development by local business.

“I am very pleased with the work of the contractors, traditional owners and the project team in continuing to achieve indigenous engagement in what is a challenging and exciting project creating a vibrant future for our country.” Mr. Grylls said.

“WannaWork Contracting Services is an example of what can be achieved by Aboriginal people in business, and its employees have impressed the Kununurra community and the Government with their work ethic over recent years.”

“This contract builds on the Ord Final Agreement, which recognises that the traditional owners near Kununurra surrendered their native title interest in about 65,000 ha of land to enable the Ord Irrigation Scheme to expand and for Kununurra to blossom as a modern regional centre.”

“In exchange, the traditional owners wanted to participate more in the growth of the economy and the community and the WannaWork company epitomises how that can happen.”

WannaWork employs up to 25 Aboriginal people in a range of civil works projects. 

Fact File

  • The $517 Million Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project is funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program and the Federal Government
  • The project engages the Miriuwung and Gajerrong traditional owners in meaningful business partnerships and employment opportunities
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