The Northern Potential

26th October 2015

MNG's participation in the ongoing regional expansion of the Kimberley has continued following the award of a State-based project at Cape Leveque and the conclusion of a number of large scale State-based projects near Kununurra and Broome.

Currently, MNG is engaged in an ongoing detail survey on the Cape Leveque road as part of the proposed $20 million road upgrade for Main Roads WA. MNG was awarded two of the three sections of road surveying under Main Road's bid to seal 77 kilometres of the 200 kilometre road as part of an overall government review of the Kimberley road network.

Regional expansion in the Kimberley has also seen MNG recently complete works for two major State-based Native Title projects; The Ord Final Agreement and the Yawuru Agreement(s).

The survey of land associated with the Ord Final Agreement, carried out on behalf of the Department of Lands, is one of the largest and most complex Native Title negotiation projects in Australia covering approximately 1,450 square kilometres of land near Kununurra. The Agreement facilitates the preparation of land assembly and resultant tenures as part of The Ord Final Agreement Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) between the Government, the Miriuwung Gajerrong Traditional Owners and private sector developers.

As part of this project, MNG recently carried out comprehensive surveying services and works for the Department of Lands, completing one of the final steps in the Ord River Irrigation Expansion Project.

Under the Yawuru Agreement, MNG has completed a number of surveys and works including boundary alignments, pegging and detailed surveys over various areas in Broome over the past five years to assist in the transfer of land and land development for the Yawuru people. The Agreement encompasses 973 square kilometres of land and conservation areas in and around Broome and includes land for future developments by Yawuru for residential and commercial purposes.

MNG's involvement in these large scale projects has stemmed from the company's desire to build a surveying business that works with and for the benefit of the region. This has been a direct result of the foresight and determination of MNG's two northern surveying innovators, Northern Division Manager Brad Gillett and Kununurra Manager Nathan Allister, who have been supported and guided by MNG's experienced management team.

Brad and Nathan's commitment has played a pivotal role in procuring surveying services in the advantageous Ord River Irrigation Expansion Project, which totals some $323 million to help uncover the full potential of the East Kimberley. It is one of the largest and most important projects undertaken in Western Australia.

Under Nathan's management, the company undertook the necessary surveying work for the Expansion Project with the Ord River Stage 2 development of the Goomig Farming Area, which yielded around 22 parcels of land spread over some 20,700 hectares.

Nathan said the Final Agreement and Expansion Projects had been highly successful, in particular the Goomig Farming initiative, with the area about to produce its first crop.

"This result has led State-leased developer Kimberley Agricultural Investments (KAI) to plan further developments at Knox Plains adjacent to the Goomig farmlands in addition to expressing interest in developing the Mantinea and Ord West Bank areas," he said.

"MNG's previous experience and foothold in these major projects, plus our commitment to the ongoing development of the East Kimberley, places us in a very good position with this type of continued development.

"We hope, in our participation in these projects, to continue building a lasting community-based surveying company focussed on assisting in the ongoing economic growth of the region."