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Wardang Island/Waraldi Infrastructure Revitalisation Project

Background

Wardang Island/Waraldi is an island located 10 kilometres west of Port Victoria on the mid-west coast of Yorke Peninsula. The island itself is under the guardianship, as land holders, of the Aboriginal Lands Trust, who represent the traditional owners of the area, the Narungga people.

Wardang Island map showing boat landing facility

Boat landing facility

In 2007, the State Government demolished the old jetty on Wardang Island/Waraldi due to its deteriorated and unsafe condition. Since then, the only way to access the island is by beach landing which presents both a safety and practical challenge for all boat users. Currently beach landings occur to get people and goods on and off the island. The new landing facility will support the future development of the island and give safe access to all those coming and going from the island. It is expected that a new landing facility will encourage greater access to the island, to enable sharing of knowledge and culture for all Narungga people

Building works

Multiple dilapidated buildings were situated on Wardang Island/Waraldi which were used for sand mining on the island during the 1940s and 1950s. Substantial asbestos contamination was identified in a number of these buildings which are in very poor condition and were subsequently fenced off as a precautionary measure. The Australian Government has identified the significance of this issue and have pushed to ensure the island can appropriately accommodate the Narungga community.

Project details

The Wardang Island/Waraldi Infrastructure Revitalisation Project is being delivered by the South Australian Government, jointly funded, in collaboration with the Australian Government. This project is being delivered in close consultation with local Aboriginal people and communities, through the Aboriginal Lands Trust, the Point Pearce Aboriginal Corporation and the Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation.

This project comprises of the construction of a boat landing facility, the removal of asbestos and demolition of 19 abandoned buildings and construction of new building facilities to accommodate Indigenous Rangers and the community.

This project will acknowledge the island’s traditional owners, provide a safe and practical access to the island and enable practices to sustain the island’s natural habitat and environment.

old Wardang Island boat landing facility

The old Wardang Island boat landing facility which was demolished in 2007 due to its deteriorating condition.

Project scope

The scope of the project will include:

  • Design and construction of a new boat landing facility on Wardang Island/Waraldi.
  • Design and construction of an unsealed approximately 20 metre x 20 metre hard stand area.
  • Removal of asbestos and demolition of 19 abandoned buildings.
  • Design and construction of new building facilities for accommodation for Indigenous Rangers and the local community on Wardang Island/Waraldi.
  • Handover of the ownership of the new facility to the Aboriginal Lands Trust on completion of construction. The Aboriginal Lands Trust will be responsible for ongoing maintenance and management of the facility.

Artist's impression of new Wardang Island Boat Landing Facility

Artist's impression of the new Wardang Island Boat Landing Facility.

Proposed location of boat landing facility at Wardang Island

Proposed location of the boat landing facility at Wardang Island (facing north-east).

Latest news

Works on the Wardang Island/Waraldi Infrastructure Revitalisation Project have commenced, with Local South Australian company, McMahon Services Australia Pty Ltd, awarded the contract for the entire project scope of works. The removal of asbestos and demolition of the 19 abandoned buildings was completed in 2020.

Construction of the new accommodation facilities commenced in May 2021, and completion anticipated by late 2021, weather permitting.

The boat landing facility works are expected to start in October 2021 and expected to be completed by December 2021, weather permitting.

DIT COVID-19 response

To help safeguard the DIT project team and the community, we have implemented measures to manage the risks of, and our response to, contracting COVID-19.

These include but are not limited to, increased hygiene practices and limiting face-to-face contact.

The project team will provide construction updates and work notifications via social media, letterbox drops, emails and the Project website. We are also available to speak via telephone (1300 794 880).

DIT is adhering to restrictions on movements into certain remote areas and indigenous communities across South Australia, as per the recent action taken under the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act 2015.

Further information

If you have any further enquiries, please contact dpti.communityrelations@sa.gov.au or telephone 1300 794 880.