Groote Eylandt NT, Subdivision Concept Design
Client: GEBIE Civil and Construction Pty Ltd
Groote Eylandt is an aboriginal reserve located in the Northern Territory, on the western side of the Gulf of Carpentaria. GeoLINK has been engaged by Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island Enterprises (GEBIE) Aboriginal Corporation, a subsidiary of the local Anindilyakwal Land Council, to undertake planning and engineering design for a 44-lot residential precinct, and a 15-lot industrial / commercial precinct, and aboriginal community offices precinct near the port township of Alyangula.
The development of this proposal requires approval from the Northern Territory Department of Planning, in association with the Department of Health, NT Power and Water, Department of Environment, and East Arnhem Council
The engineering design includes roads, drainage and all services required for the residential, industrial subdivision and the Land Council Offices. Water supply will incorporate stand-alone storage reservoirs for domestic and fire supply. The sewage system proposed is an independent, on-site, wetland-based wastewater system which incorporates irrigation of the treated effluent to vegetated areas within the site. The site has a gently-sloping easterly aspect which, together with large lot size, will allow for the construction of eco-friendly housing while maintaining many of the existing trees on the site. Due to heavy rainfall and tropical conditions particular attention is being paid to the design to ensure that the overall development exceeds the criteria of the Entomology section of the Department of Health with respect to mosquito habitat. Exposed standing waters will not be permitted.
GeoLINK was chosen by GEBIE to undertake this project because of our previous involvement with aboriginal developments in New South Wales and Queensland. This project requires careful consideration of a wide range of planning and engineering issues, and developing appropriate solutions to ensure that the project is meets the criteria require by the NT Government and the Anindilyakwal Land Council.