It has been a very long process since early last year when Dhimurru were approved funding to undertake track repair and maintenance of the Wathawuy area but now the project is finally complete with Goanna recreational (rec) area and the new low level crossing now OPEN!
Visitors to the area no longer must endure the rough long track to enjoy the fresh water gem which is the Goanna rec area. It will now also be better protected with the same rehab management system in place as the Latram to remove vehicles and camps from the fragile river terraces to allow longevity of the biodiversity of the river for generations to come which is the vision of our elders. Many of the winding and extra tracks have been reduced.
Visitors can now enjoy three revamped campgrounds with tables and bbq fire pits, a new flash pit toilet as well as extra entrances to the river to take in the serenity and beauty of the water.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of a lot of individuals, groups and government funders. There are too many individuals to thank for the success of this project but they know who they are and should be really proud of their contributions and efforts. Dhimurru would like to personally thank the following organisations and government funders for making this project a reality and a success:
Department of the Chief Minister through the TC Lam & Nathan Recovery Fund, The Department of Transport through the REIF fund, Rio Tinto Gove Operations who have fully supported this project since day dot and none of which would have been possible without their approvals and support as most of the Wathawuy area is on the Special Mineral Lease.
Again, we would like to thank the NORFORCE crew for assisting with cultural artefact surveyor work, Datjula Work crew for assisting with infrastructure and campground maintenance and like to thank Wojtech (Tecker) Pendel for constructing the Goanna pit toilet. We would also like to thank Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation for donating the quarry rock used on the crossing. Thanks also to the Learning on Country students from Yirrkala School who worked as Rangers for 4 weeks during their mid-year break.
Dhimurru would like to make a special mention and thank-you to the civil crew at YBE (2) Pty Ltd as they were professional, dedicated and supportive to this project through rain or shine and have done a fabulous job with all civil works complete. There was no request too big or too small and we thank-you!
And the biggest thanks go out to the Dhimurru rangers who are not qualified tradies but who worked tirelessly through the entirety of the project and have excelled in infrastructure construction, project management and did some bloody hard yakka to get this project complete as quickly as possible for visitor enjoyment and better camping experience. When visiting the Wathawuy area please respect their hard work and pride in their achievements.
Dhimurru would also like to thank the Gove community for their patience and support during time of construction and traditonal owners for their on-going support of these projects.