Centrefarm is available to undertake consultancies throughout Australia. The company specialises in the economic development of Aboriginal lands in regional and remote areas, from the scoping of opportunities through the development application processes and the securing of tenure and water allocations, to the project management of infrastructure development.
Centrefarm's core client group is Aboriginal Traditional Owners, but the company is also available to undertake consutlancies for other clients where the outcomes are in line with the economic development of Aboriginal land for the benefit of the Traditional Owners of that land.
Centrefarm's subsidiary company, Centreprise, offers engineering, groundwater investigation, water infrastructure development, mapping and project management services to Aborigianl organisations, governments and industry, on a fee-for-service basis.
Examples of Consultancies
Ngukurr Region Economic Development Opportunities - A Scoping Study
A three-month project to scope the range of economic opportunities available to the Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation as representatives of the Ngukurr and Numbulwar communities in the Gulf of Carpentaria region of the NT. The project involved visits to the region by three Centrefarm staff and an associate and resulted in a comprehensive report outlining the opportunities and recommendations for actions to realise them. Follow-up consultancies to develop opportunities are planned for mid-2012.
Effective Water Planning - An Indigenous Engagement Framework
A three-month project for the NT Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport, funded by the Australian Government through the National Water Commission's Raising National Water Standards Program. Centrefarm engaged with the NT Government, the Northern Land Council, the North Austalia Land and Sea Managmenet Alliance, the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority and the First Peoples Water Engagement Council as well as with the Aboriginal community of Wadeye in developing comprehensive protocols for effective and collaborative engagement between all parties over water planning processes. The resulting report is recognised as best practice industry standard for water planning with Indigenous Australians.
Dutjahn Enterprises - Enterprise Development in Wiluna, WA
A three-month project funded through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (WA) to prepare a Business Plan for the proposed Dutjahn Enterprises, a wild-harvest sandalwood collection and processing business based in Wiluna, WA. The project invovled visits to Wiluna by two Centrefarm staff and resulted in a bankable business plan for the clients, a Martu man and his family.
Ali Curung Borefield Development, NT
With funding from the Aboriginals Benefit Account, Centrefarm project designed and managed the development of a bore field to service the leases on the Warrabri Aboriginal Land Trust. The project included drilling, pump testing, strata and water sampling and analysis, hydrogeological assessment and the preparation of an operational and monitoring plan. The original agreement was for 12 bores delivering 2000ML of water, but Centrefarm successfully managed the project to develop 21 bores (both production and monitoring) delivering up to 5000ML. There has since been a highly successful horticultural development on 96Ha of the leased land, with an exciting new project under development for the remaining leases in 2012.