August 2, 2012 marked the hand-over of a brand new CAT fire trailer to the South Australian Government. CAT has been developing an enterprise that can sustainably employ young Aboriginal men and women.
These employees and our tradesmen have just completed fabricating this CAT fire trailer – a unique achievement and tribute to the efforts of these hard-working men.
The CAT fire trailer has been designed to meet the fire fighting needs of residents of Australia’s remote communities, pastoral properties and ranger stations. There are 9+ fire trailers currently in use in communities all over remote Australia. In the bush-fire season, the fire-trailer gives residents of remote locations a chance to fight fires where emergency services are not available or take a long time to arrive due to the remoteness of the community/homeland/out station.
What makes the fire-trailer unique, is the careful attention to detail in the design of it: .all components, such as suspension, wheels, chassis, tank , pump and hose reel are robust/heavy duty items of the best quality. One feature of it is having a water tank on it that extends out a 30m fire hose on a retractable reel with high-pressured water to put out the fires. Plumbing and fixtures all being safely installed on the trailer tray make this a very robust unit, suitable for extreme weather and dirt-road conditions.
The Manymak Energy Efficiency Project has been awarded the Banksia Foundation's Sustainable and Resilient Communities Award 2016. The Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd led the design and delivery of the community engagement aspect of this important project which saw over 80 Yolngu trained and employed to deliver householder education about energy and water efficiency.
The award recognises the innovation behind the development of the CAT Mobile Phone Hotspot.
Based on a multi year research project the book was launched at the 2016 Broadband in the Bush Forum in Brisbane. Andrew Crouch from CAT led the technical set up and training aspects of the project at three outstations in the NT and is one of the authors.
It is available to read as a e-book here