Project Manager’s Report for 2013
We are now 48 months (as of November 2013) into our support of the Tiwi College on Melville Island and 38 months in to construction.
We have had labourers on site full time and we have achieved the following:
- Money raised to date is $1.4 million
- Installation of filtrated bubbler systems
- Building of 25 seat operational open air classroom, which is now fully functioning
- Construction of chook and duck sheds, currently providing 60-80 eggs per day
- Erection of double fencing around the perimeter of the project
- Excavation and sealing of the dam
- Installation of 5 metre waterfall
- Installation of mega solar pump for all dam and oval needs
- Purchase of more than 1000 trees
- Delivery of 1000 tonnes of top soil to the garden (Tiwi Land Council)
- Purchase of a bobcat, tipper truck, two Gators and a lawnmower (Aaron Heath of Vanderfield)
- 87 laptops have now been donated (Macquarie Bank and Hayden Reynolds Project)
- Donations of trimmers, chainsaws and garden supplies (Stihl and Tom Jenkins of ATOM Supply)
- Renovation and replenishing of Tiwi College’s greenhouses
- $10,000 sponsorship of the Books in Home initiative
- $10,000 sponsorship of Indigenous Literacy Foundation
- $15000 sponsorship of Skinnyfish music to promote Indigenous music throughout the College
- Donation of 1000 books (Gary Dawson and Matthew Reilly, Macmillan Publishing)
- Donation of 80 new headphones for IT use (Lionel Lee, CEO Bing Lee)
- Donations of uniform and equipment related to sports initiatives (Kim Brandt, KooGa)
- 1 permanent staff member(foreman Jason Ryan), with 2-4 casual staff and volunteers throughout the year and over the wet season
- Purchased $12,000 of new cutlery, plates, pots and pans for outdoor kitchen
We have helped create a new direction for some curriculum and career paths, with construction, gardening, catering and hospitality certificates being taught alongside our project.
This is an exciting time for the College and it is with great emotion we express thanks to your individual contribution to this extraordinary project.
Special thanks must go to all our staff, particularly Jason Ryan and his family for their untiring efforts at Tiwi College.
Special thanks to Macquarie Group, including its philanthropic arm the Macquarie Group Foundation, as without the hands on approach and generosity of Macquarie this project would not exist.
To Tiwi Island Adventures, great thanks. Chairman Andrew Tipungwuti is a great supporter of the project.
Final thanks to Land Council Chairman Gibson Farmer Illortaminni, Brian Clancy, John Hicks and the Tiwi Land Council Executive for their vision and endorsement.
To Ian Smith, the College’s principal,and his wife Anne, who embody the positive attitude needed for a project as ambitious as this.
48 months in, $1.4 million later and with the largest Indigenous garden project in Australia, things are looking bright for the Tiwi College Garden Project.