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Milingimbi Cyclone Recovery Works, NT

Milingimbi Cyclone Recovery Works, NT
project details
Milingimbi, Arnhem Land, NT
Department of Infrastructure
Contract Value:
Commencement Date:
26 February 2015
Completion Date:
2 April 2015
Mark Taylor, Project Director, Department of Infrastructure

Sitzler were approach by the Department of Infrastructure to go to Milingimbi following cyclone Lam to carry out emergency repairs to the School, Medical Centre and Training Facility this was expanded on a few days later to include removal of trees from 60 house yards.

A group of Sitzler workers arrived in Milingimbi on February 26 to commence the recovery works. The group of workers used the buildings undamaged by the destruction of the cyclone for accommodation. A maximum workforce of 24 camped in the home economics, science building and at the Milingimbi Ruku lodge at any one time.

The initial goal set by the Government was to have the Milingimbi School open for students in early March. This was achieved after a huge effort was put in by all 24 workers. This involved new electrical switch boards being flown in and installed, electrical tests to every building, roof repairs, school ground cleanup & tree removal, fence repairs, window repairs and a complete clean of all class rooms.

Sitzler was also allocated Stage 1 clean up works to 60 houses in Garden Camp. Barges carrying plant and equipment for the cleanup arrived in early March and the works were completed on the 19th of March. On the 20th of March, Sitzler had to evacuate Milingimbi due to cyclone Nathan approaching. Cyclone Nathan dumped another 400mm of rain onto the community in 36 hours causing flooding throughout the community. Once Nathan was clear, Sitzler flew back to the Miingimbi and continued with their allocated works.

Additional works were completed on the training facility reroof and new ceilings, medical clinic roof repairs and additional maintenance work on the school.