Civil Workers in Mt Liebig apply signage in their Luritja language, supplied by KAB(NT), to wheelie bins.
The community consultation process fostered understanding and commitment between the council and residents. Over time, a joint vision and rollout plan was created. Working with stakeholders within communities to involve as many people as possible, the council provided practical support while KAB(NT) provided pick-up sticks, bags (school kids do weekly emu bobs), and bins for rubbish and recycling.
One significant innovation that shouldn’t be overlooked was putting up signs in the local Indigenous languages. Although there was no exact word for ‘rubbish’ in the main language spoken in Mt Liebig, the council consulted with the local people who came up with a suitable word.
Once all the rubbish has been gathered, the council provides prompt collection – including sorting and selling the recyclables in Alice Springs and returning the funds to community activities. This council led initiative has changed the way these communities look, and also improved the pride residents take in their home and community. Working together continues to be a very positive experience', said Graham Murnik, Director of Service Delivery.