The Centre for Appropriate Technology designed and project managed the delivery of a new laundry and ablution block at the Alyuen community. The native title holders of Alyuen elected to invest some mining compensation funds into this community development project. The Central Land Council’s Community Development Unit worked closely with the native title holders to prioritise and plan this community initiative. They also facilitated the engagement and procurement process with the community.

After a short while, the Project commenced, and an existing vacated building was refitted with internal walls to create a laundry with a:

  • washing machine
  • laundry basin
  • clothes line, and;
  • bathroom, including; a toilet, shower and hand basin.

There was strong participation from male outstation residents Stanley Tilmouth, and Andrew Glenn and Ti Tree resident Trevor Glenn through the construction process. CfAT also facilitated a painting activity to decorate the laundry door and to select the colour for the laundry walls which provided an opportunity for the women of the outstation to be involved.  This colourful new facility will assist the community to continue to live on country and is expected to be a lively new gathering place.