NPM Indigenous Complete Narrabri Showground Upgrades

Indigenous project management company and Yarpa Indigenous business member, NPM Indigenous, have successfully finished another great project, with the completion of the Narrabri Showground Safety Upgrades.

They marked the occasion by holding a significant smoking ceremony with the assistance of Narrabri Local Aboriginal Land Council.

“The smoking ceremony will pay respect to the land and acknowledge ancestors while providing a spiritual cleanse to provide a safe environment for the caretaker’s house,” NPM Indigenous Director James Russo said.

The upgrades to the Caretakers Residence was awarded to NPM Indigenous after they successfully won the contract of 24 site upgrades across the state with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

These sites include Moree, Bathurst, Uralla and many more.

“Within this project, we’ve done a significant piece of demolition. We used an Indigenous contractor to use in that piece. We’ve built a house that is on Narrabri Showgrounds that was put together in about 3 months. A lot of moving parts, but we achieved that by our deadline and on budget and on time which is great,” NPM Indigenous Director, Tim Moggridge said.

For the Narrabri Showground Manager, Bill Woods, this new structure was much needed.

“The new house is a great replacement for the previous structure. It was quite dilapidated in a state of disrepair and it had been on site for over 60 years and a serious amount of maintenance was needed to get it back up to quality standards. Having the new house, with Crown Lands support, is going to offer us a great facility for both now and one that will last well into the future,” Bill Woods said.

For NPM Indigenous, hiring Indigenous contractors and providing local employment was important in this project and all other projects they work on.

NPM Indigenous Director, James Russo said, “It’s incredibly important, especially when working for government, in providing an opportunity for Indigenous contractors and staff to work on projects like this. It’s really important that we engage with the local communities, especially local Indigenous contractors. There are further opportunities within that community for education, skills, development and employment and we make it a priority, wherever we’re working, that we respect the lands on which we work. We build a strong connection with community and the best way to do that is to work with our fellow indigenous businesses.”

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