APY Lands Ideation event
Pukatja, located in the APY lands, is home to Australia's oldest continuously running Indigenous art centre. This remote community is located in South Australia, around 330 kilometres south-west of Mparntwe (Alice Springs). Due to its location, Pukatja is subject to flooding during wet season. The community exists on both sides of a lake, which is usually dry, but becomes a fast-flowing body of water during flash-flooding events. During these events, nearby roads often become unusable, and the only access between both sides of the community was via a pedestrian bridge over the lake. The pedestrian bridge, constructed many years ago by a church group, recently collapsed and been demolished for safety reasons.
EWB SA has been approached by members of the Pukatja community to assist with the design of a new, fit for purpose pedestrian bridge. It's aim is to restore access for community members and essential workers to facilities located both sides of the lake during flood events. In collaboration with EWB national office and our pro bono partners, the EWB SA regional chapter has the opportunity to contribute to the design of this new bridge. During this ideation event, participants will develop an understanding of the project context and brainstorm ideas for a concept design. The workshop will be facilitated by mentors with experience in socio-technical engineering design and first hand experience in the Pukatja community. This event is open to all engineering or related professionals across all disciplines. We encourage existing and new members of our EWB community who are interested in getting involved or volunteering with EWB in a professional capacity, to attend. This is a free, catered event that will be held on the evening of Monday 22nd May at the Engineers Australia office in Adelaide CBD.