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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.

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.