Cleaning Contract
Composting
Compost Marketability
Compressed Earth Bricks
Wiradjuri Designs
Eco Housing
Furniture Shop
Transport
Useful Links

Cleaning Contract

The WCC won a five year cleaning contract with Barrick Mines supplying them with all their cleaning needs. The initial services include carpets, floors, windows, toilets and garbage, but, it is our intention to expand our services to include other services such as drapery; lighting; green plant maintenance; heating/ventilation/air conditioning; security; landscaping; parking lot striping and pest control services.

A janitorial business lacks glamour and may seem mundane, but it has proven to be a lucrative business for those who start the business with strong attitude and willingness to work hard.

Cleaning services have shown remarkable growth in the last few years and have benefited from corporate downsizing and increased reliance of businesses to outsource cleaning services.

Contracting private firms to perform this service has also become the best option for many businesses given the high turnover rate of employees in this business. After all, it may not be easy to find a person who thinks that pushing a broom for the rest of his or her life is the best career of all.

Composting

Across Australia, urban organic waste, that is not home composted by the resident, typically ends up in local landfill, leading to a significant loss of valuable organic material and a shortened life and high costs of land-fill sites.

To address this issue, a pilot program ‘City to Soil’ was developed to collect household organic waste, and process this into high quality compost in Queanbeyan, NSW. It’s success became the basis for a wider trial, Groundswell, in three locations in rural NSW including Condobolin.

The vision of Groundswell is to prove the wider economic viability of the ‘City to Soil’ collection system and establish composted urban organic waste as a cost effective, high quality agricultural product.

It is a partnership project involving Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Queanbean Palerang, Queanbeyan City Council, Lachlan Council, the WCC, the Palerang Agricultural Society, Bettergrow and the South East office of the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (DCC) Sustainability Programs division, and is funded by the NSW Environment Trust.

The composting building was built using compressed earth bricks, water tanks and uses cross ventilation in it's design. This philosophy has wider benefits for a well and wholistic community.

Compost Marketability

· market compost through a bag and tag method based on the initial output amounts and benefits and costs associated with this method. Includes bag options, bagging, tagging, printing etc
· increase current output from the composting process
· gain access to all green waste as an option to increase the feed stocks for the compost. This includes the lease or purchase of shredding equipment, or council providing a shredding option or the hire of a person/shredder
· council to market the product and the WCC to be paid a contracted amount to run and maintain the current composting product to minimise capital expenditure Provide a benefit cost framework to enable councils to explore the impacts of diverting organics from landfill from both a direct financial impact and the social impacts of landfill.
· provide a benefit cost framework to enable councils to explore the impacts of diverting organics from landfill from both a direct financial impact and the social impacts of landfill. This output will provide the catalyst for councils to continue to engage in the composting process and continued access for the WCC to a collections and stock source for composting
· the current MOU between the WCC and LSC to be explored to ensure that ongoing access to the feed stocks is maintained. This option is required to ensure the WCC is able to build its economies of scale in a required period that enables them to be competitive in a free tender process in the future
· use the LSC landfill site as the collection site for the composting process. Future option is to lease 6 acres as a site to conduct the composting process

Compressed Earth Bricks

The WCC initiated the development and construction of buildings using compressed earth bricks, because the WSC was to be constructed using this material. In turn such a building material has inherent in it, several layers of meaning for Aboriginal people.

Firstly, it represents the concept of mother earth to Aboriginal people. Secondly, as a building material it provides physical links to the other elements of the natural world such as traditional country and flora. Thirdly, the compressed earth construction brick represents the idea of rebuilding culture – one brick at a time but always reaching higher. Fourthly, it represents the fact that Aboriginal people ‘hear the pain of the country’ in it's present anguished state.

The compressed earth bricks represent a 40,000 year old culture integrated into a modern society through an infrastructure.

The compressed earth bricks symbolise a generic cultural view in aboriginal Australia in that we believe, through dream time stories, that we were put on this earth to be custodians of the land, to nurture country, and that when our earthly life is no longer, we are returned to mother earth. This also symbolises that our earthly journey is completed and now our spiritual journey commences.

The powerful principles underpinning the WCC approach and manifest in developing a construction and housing enterprise have already begun to be put into practice. For example, the WCC built the first compressed earth brick building in the region for many, many years for a local horticultural company. Earth, it should be remembered, as a basic construction material, is not unknown in the wider central west of NSW.

The WCC then constructed a shed made of the same compressed earth materials for utilisation in a compost enterprise, as part of a highly innovative domestic organic waste collection and transformation project. Some other projects include; Barrick at Burcher, regional domestic housing, business organizations, and other Aboriginal groups.

Currently, the WCC is completing the unique Wiradjuri Study Centre which represents the town of Condobolin, and its wider community. This is the first serious investment activity to occur for at least twenty years.

The process of rejuvenation for local Aboriginal people is further expanded by the fact that the three buildings of the WSC and associated sites, will be constructed by teams of local Aboriginal people, based on community agreed designs and using the locally made products such as compressed earth blocks and timber, and which will be internally fitted out by furniture made locally by local Aboriginal people.

Such activities are consistent with the principles of socio-economic and environmental sustainability. The community thus becomes a part of the new beginning which the WCC envisioned.

Wiradjuri Designs

Wiradjuri Designs creates sustainable fashion, textile, home furnishing and homeware products utilising Indigenous-inspired designs. The products are imbued with cultural, social and environmental significance, integrating quality craftsmanship and elegant design, to meet current vision of aesthetics.

Classes have begun to engage the local Wiradjuri women, to learn the skills necessary to create fashion, home furnishing and homeware products.

The products intertwine the knowledge and wisdom of indigenous culture with modern ideas of beauty, utilising technology to create a refined end piece.

Currently the designs are broken into two classifications; Indigenous Designs and Stylised Designs.

The Indigenous Designs utilise traditional colours and are more figurative than the Stylised set. The folio of figurative works currently includes two designs:

· emu/Kangaroo: two animals central to Wiradjuri culture
· frog: a symbol of fertility and abundance


Other figurative works may emerge as time passes and the business progresses. These could include the Sand Lizard and the totem animal of the Kalarie people. The Stylised Designs are created with bright colours and the range so far is as follows:

· waterhole: portraying the waterhole, a natural landscape feature central to the traditional way of life of the Wiradjuri people. Visually, the flower-like shape is particularly appealing and lies directly within mainstream visions of pleasing aesthetics.
· tracks: depicting the tracks of the inhabitants of the Indigenous community
· dreaming: portraying the land and its diverse environment


Printing Specifications
The Stylised Designs are created as repeat patterns 50 x 50cm, to be printed three times across 150cm wide fabric. The Indigenous Designs are created as half width patterns 75 x 50cm, to be printed on 150cm wide fabric. All designs have three colour ways.

Product Mix
The designs will be used in a variety of product creation: soft furnishings, interiors, furniture, homewares, stationery, manchester, fashion wear, fashion accessories, uniforms.

Eco Housing

As a sub set to it's vision and enormous goals, the WCC has developed an Eco-Housing project. It did so because such a project is a very good one for community wellbeing, incorporating social, health and cultural elements, as well as economic and employment opportunities.

The proposed WCC Eco-Housing project is about the future. It is a project which demonstrates that the responses to community needs have to be culturally appropriate and environmentally sustainable and it must be within a framework of an ongoing economic future. That is why the people themselves must take the responsibility to develop the skills required to build their own housing, and then manage it. The WCC Eco-Housing project meets all these requirements. The concept of planning and building one’s own home is not new. Indeed the concept of an ecovillage is not particularly new. There are examples right around the world and indeed home building in a sustainable manner is also exhibited in Condobolin and the wider region. Not only will this give the community the opportunity to be become asset rich whilst being sensitive to mother earth, it will also provide valuable employment and training opportunities. An established example is in Canberra called Urambi Village. This model has gained recognition and awards from the architectural profession for it's sustainable design and the fact that it was initiated by a group of local residents interested in a housing arrangement which is not only sustainable in ecological terms but also self managed.

The WCC will introduce the Wiradjuri Condobolin Eco-Village to be developed in two stages:

· stage One proposes 15 houses be built 5kms out of the town at the culturally significant Murie site, and
· stage two proposes the community will build 100 homes throughout the Condobolin town precinct.


The houses are designed to be environmentally sustainable and energy efficient and use compressed earth bricks manufactured by our local Indigenous business specialising in this sustainable building material. The constructions will also rely on sustainable on-site sources of energy and power, including solar energy and will recycle water. So not only will this give the community the opportunity to be become asset rich whilst being sensitive to mother earth, it will also provide valuable employment and training opportunities.

Furniture Shop

The WCC began to produce pieces of furniture made from local pine in 2007. The program was designed to be part of a training course, to prepare the participants for the construction of the WSC. The wood working and cabinet making aspects of the course, turned out to be very popular among participants and a number of furniture items were made. The items were outstanding quality and were offered for sale at 80 Bathurst Street under the business name, Affordable Furniture. The result of these actions was that there was a significant interest shown by local people and sales made of the items on display.

Currently the nature of this business has changed in as much that the WCC still control the operations of the business, and it is still housed at 80 Bathurst Sreet in the original WCC headquarters, but with a different focus.

The business employs WCC staff to manage the "shop" in terms of; identifying products to place on the shop floor, organising freightage of those products to Condobolin, preparing the products for presentation to the public, managing the stock inventory and associated accounting records, then overseeing the sale of the product.

A feature of this set-up has been the introduction of an easy-buy facility called "SMARTrent". Essentially this facility is open to any one, and allows potential customers the opportunity to obtain furniture to the value of $2000.00. Customers have the option of repayments being debited directly from their bank account or from Centrelink through centrepay, which is an easy way for them to pay their accounts.

The business has been very competitive in the District, and all proceeds are funnelled back to the WCC for the eventual benefit of the local community, in line with the original intent of the organization's charter.

The current Manager is local girl Lola Wighton, who was born and raised in Condobolin. Lola began her working life as a shop assistant, then progressed through to the Department of Education as an Aboriginal Education Officer and worked there for over 30 years. Lola is very proud of what "Affordable Furniture" offers the community, and they in return are delighted to have the opportunity to purchase quality items from the shop.

Condobolin Affordable Furniture
80 Bathurst St
Condobolin NSW 2877
t 02 6895 4428


Trading Hours
9:00 - 5:00 Monday - Friday
9:00 - 12:00 Saturday (Summer only)

Transport

The WCC has won a major tender for the supply of freight, transport and logistic services to the Cowal Gold Mine site. It is through a partnership with Linfox that has enabled the WCC to develop this as a business.

The WCC will be responsible for:

· record keeping of orders
· receipt and delivery validation
· organise and facilitate overnight freight as and when required
· scheduled delivery data eg, manifests
· oversee Quality Assurance
· maintain records and report upon freight movements


This project will be the first of it's kind for any Indigenous organisation in the country and will take the WCC brand right around the nation.

Useful Links

Click on Boomanulla Oval to view the web site regarding Aboriginal Corporation for Sport and Recreational Activities at Boomanulla Oval in Canberra.

Click on Yirri Designs to view the web site. Yirri manufactures Shirts and Curtains, and has now branched out into the area of sun hats for Primary School children.

Click on Condobolin Community Website which is the web site for the town and the people who live, work and play in Condobolin.

Click on Barrick Gold to view the web site of the Organisation who have been granted a mining lease at Lake Cowal, NSW.

Click on Furniture Shop to access the email address for communicating with the staff at the shop.

Click on SMARTrent to view the web site for assistance with affordable furniture.