02 November

Ingkerreke Commercial ticks all the boxes with Wilora development

Ingkerreke Commercial is in the final stages of a development project in the remote housing community of Wilora, 250 kms north of Alice Springs.

The project involves the demolition of six dwellings, construction of six three-bedroom remote community housing (RCH) dwellings and the upgrade of one dwelling. 

These updated houses will become the new homes to the local Aboriginal community, offering improved infrastructure and more space to accommodate larger families.

Ingkerreke Commercial CEO Callum Mathison is passionate about ensuring the work also contributes to positive social outcomes for the community, with local labourers and tradespeople employed on this project.

“On the surface, the Wilora project provides short-term employment outcomes with hands-on-training and further strengthens Ingkerreke’s working relationship with Intract Indigenous Contractors,” Callum says.

“But it’s also about fostering a sense of ownership in the community. The hard work and many hours that have gone into construction of the dwellings create a sense of pride and mutual respect,” he says.

This project adds to a long list of successful projects by Ingkerreke in recent years. The company offers trade pathways for students straight out of high school and provides opportunities to develop skills throughout the entire construction process - from foundations, to framework, electrical work to plumbing, just to name a few.

The social outcomes from projects like Wilora include providing the local Aboriginal youth with sustainable trade skills that can set them up as skilled, employable adults ready for a lifelong career in the industry.

“In addition to delivering an almost 50% Indigenous workforce, Ingkerreke is one of the only companies in the Northern Territory, along with Intract, to be delivering real employment and social outcomes that are not a cost to business,” Callum says.

“Further to that, Ingkerreke is consistently delivering projects on time, remains competitive on price and provides high-quality workmanship in the finished product,” he says.

The Wilora dwellings are expected to be handed over in November 2017.