Aboriginal Business Leaders SA Upgrading Water Storage Tanks

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SA Water has engaged an Aboriginal-owned project management company, Zancott Knight, to deliver $600,000 in water storage reservoir upgrades in the far north and south-east of South Australia .

The water tanks to be upgraded are located at Marla and Millicent.

Based in Adelaide and with operations across Australia, Zancott Knight has started with work already underway to refurbish SA Water’s 28m high concrete elevated water storage in Millicent.

As part of the project, the reservoir’s walls, roof, and internal and external piping will be refurbished, protecting the continued structural integrity of the concrete while ensuring reliable water services for local customers.

The Marla Elevated Steel Tank upgrade will see the steel structure and deck floor refurbished, external piping covered and tank access infrastructure restored.

Zancott Knight Managing Director Cameron Buzzacott said they were delighted to partner with SA Water for the first time and grow in the water industry.

“It is encouraging to see more organizations focusing on creating economic opportunities for Indigenous businesses and communities,” said Buzzacott.

“With every project we undertake, we get one step closer to closing the economic gap and empowering our communities, supporting job creation and building the capacity of our employees.

“SA Water demonstrates a conscious and genuine desire to promote the value of Indigenous businesses, and we are thrilled to partner with a critical service provider who has enabled our business to break into a new industry and deliver a project that ensures a reliable supply of water for its customers.

SA Water’s managing director of sustainable infrastructure, Amanda Lewry, said supporting Indigenous businesses was one of many initiatives embedding reconciliation across the organization.

“As a major employer and buyer, we have a role to play in making our own employees and the wider industry understand the importance of investing in local Indigenous businesses and services,” said Mrs Lewry.

“Providing companies with a wide range of opportunities to carry out work across our portfolio of assets is one of the steps we are taking to drive meaningful progress on our journey towards reconciliation and supporting Indigenous communities.

“Over the past 12 months, our direct purchases from Aboriginal businesses and our indirect purchases through our contractors have generated total spend of over $2.2 million, which puts us firmly on the path to achieving a key objective of our reconciliation action plan for 2020. -23.

“We are delighted to work with Zancott Knight, who have included added value in their offering by engaging local contractors to support the delivery of each tank upgrade.”

Work on the two water storage tanks is expected to be completed in June 2022 and is part of SA Water’s ongoing network maintenance programme.

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