Nguiu, Bathurst Island, NT Client:
FaHSCIA (Department of) Contract Value:
$8M Completion Date:
14th April 2009 Referees:
Frederick Wallace, FaHCSIA
Sitzler were engaged by the Department of Families and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs to design and construct 12 houses at Nguiu on Bathurst Island. The project involved completing a detailed design of the 12 houses in consultation with the community to achieve a design that meets the needs of the residents who will be living in the dwellings. The 4 x 4 bedroom houses and 8 x 3 bedroom houses were constructed in various locations around the community. The work also included an extensive civil package to build an 8 lot sub-division for 8 of the new residences.
The houses are constructed using a steel frame and steel colourbond cladding. Each dwelling is elevated above the ground to capture the tropical breezes from the ocean. The project was completed in a very short timeframe throughout the wet season.
Each dwelling has 2 bathrooms, totaling 24 new bathrooms that had to be built. To ensure that the strict timeframe was adhered to, the bathrooms were all pre-fabricated in Sitzlers Darwin yard before being barged to Nguiu. This proved to be a key element in delivering the much needed houses to the community. After the project was completed, Sitzler were later asked to return to the island to construct the driveways and paths for the houses that were not in the original contract.
Local labour was utilised throughout the project and local businesses were provided with the first opportunity to carry out much of the work. Sitzler engaged with the local people and businesses to ensure the best possible outcome for the community.