Indigenous civil construction project wins national award

Aqua Metro Services, in partnership with Melbourne Water, received the State and National Australian Water Association Organizational Excellence Award for the Wara Paring Indigenous Civil Construction Project.

The Organizational Excellence Award recognizes innovative initiatives within the water industry that promote prosperity and sustainability.

He also recognizes a need for change within the industry and places great value on initiatives that “reinvent our future”.

Wara Paring Civil was founded through sharing Indigenous culture and history in a safe and respectful environment.

Allowing for true understanding enabled self-reflection on personal and professional responsibility that created a flourishing kinship with a common dream of creating real and lasting results for the Aboriginal people of Australia.

The Wara Paring Indigenous Civil Construction Project is a one-of-a-kind, 100% Indigenous-owned business in Victoria.

The vision of the project is to instill hope, establish respect and achieve lasting results on our waterways and connected lands.

The name “Wara Paring” translates to “come and walk the path together”, inspiring change in the industry and encouraging full reconciliation for a better future.

Wara Paring Civil provides non-destructive digging (NDD) and hydro-excavation services to safely excavate soil and materials without causing unnecessary damage to existing underground utilities, while minimizing damage to the environment.

“Being native boys, I think this is an ideal choice because it is a way to dig the ground with minimal damage,” said David George, director of Wara Paring Civil.

The owners of Wara Paring – Leon Egan, Daniel Charles, David George and Cory McGrath – are committed to building a sustainable business serving the water industry.

They are passionate about supporting a sustainable pool of young Indigenous workers and providing employment, training and development opportunities in a culturally safe and supportive work environment.

Their unique approach to creating this workplace will enable and promote the employment and retention of Indigenous youth, enabling Indigenous people to live and work in the country and contribute to the sustainable maintenance and health of lands and pathways. navigable.

“I want to make sure that this opportunity will help remove barriers to employment for our future generations and create a positive cycle of social and economic empowerment,” said Mr. Egan.

“We signed up with Wara Paring to walk the path together, alongside Melbourne Water and Aqua Metro Services.

“It is the most legitimate form of reconciliation that I know of.”

Aqua Metro Services said it is honored to have received this award at both state and national levels and thanks Melbourne Water for their sponsorship and Wara Paring Civil for their trust and hard work.

The company said it looks forward to seeing the industry grow and supporting Indigenous businesses to achieve full reconciliation.

For more information visit the Aqua Metro website.

This article appeared in the June 2021 edition of Trenchless Australasia. To view the magazine on your PC, Mac, tablet or mobile device, Click here.

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