Ieramugadu (Roebourne) has seen its fair share of heavy equipment pass through the main street going to and from the mines, but in recent months an enormous crane has stopped to work in the town as the $10 million Ganalili Transitional Housing project nears completion.

The crane has been used to put in place giant concrete panels that will form part of the administration and training centre at the front of the complex on Roe St.

Yurra CEO Liam Wilson said his company, which is majority-owned by Yindjibarndi, will be looking after the “operational management of the facility once complete with support from Yindjibarndi Nation Ltd”. He said the company was targeting a “practical completion date” of February 2024.

Yurra is currently advertising for a program manager to run the facility. The facility will provide six one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments, along with a caretaker’s residence.

The advertisement says the project will create and promote housing, training, and employment opportunities for local Aboriginal people, and support program participants to access services that will help them to achieve their individual housing and career goals.

Melanie Jones, manager of the NWAHF said recently that the project with the Yindjibarndi community was one of her proudest achievements.

“Of all of the outcomes that the North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund has achieved, this is the one I am most proud of and that I think could have the broadest ripple effect. Sparking an interest and through genuine, ongoing partnership, building the confidence of our partners like Yindjibarndi Nation Ltd to achieve their housing aspirations,” she wrote.