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NMIT helps Kinglake residents make a clean start

28 Sep 2009

Life is getting a little easier (and cleaner) for some of the Kinglake residents who lost their homes to the Black Saturday bushfires February 7.

Soon after the fires, NMIT's Faculty of Building and Construction came up with the idea of constructing 12 bathroom laundry facilities to donate to the bushfire victims trying to re-establish themselves in the Kinglake area.

Bathroom Laundry unit constructed by NMIT students and staff being unloaded at Kinglake. Visit the Photo Gallery Construction has begun and the first two were deployed in the Kinglake area on Monday 4 May.

NMIT organised the delivery of these units, ready to use, to house sites where people were living in caravans, buses etc but had no bathroom and washing facilities. The units were transported on donated crane trucks and will continue to be delivered in groups of two as NMIT students and staff manage to build them over the coming months.

Each unit is plumbed to take a washing machine on the verandah area. They are ready to hook directly onto a pressure pump water supply which then gives them hot and cold water (instantaneous gas heated). The units are also wired ready to be plugged into temporary or permanent power.

So far, NMIT has constructed and delivered six of the portable laundry units and hopes to complete the roll-out by end of the year.

The project has involved staff and students from all NMIT's building trades areas including Building, Joinery, Plastering, Painting, Plumbing, Floor and wall tiling and Electrical.

“Although the faculty has included numerous community projects over the years, this one particularly hit home as a number of our students and staff were affected by the fires,” said Ian Roberts, Associate Director of NMIT's Faculty of Building and Construction.

“We were looking at ways to support these communities and everyone was fully supportive of the idea. These units will not only support victims of the fire - their construction (for a very worthy cause) has also provided additional understanding of social values for our students.”

Help to construct the units has also come from generous contributions of materials and services from building industry representatives including Swan Plumbing, CSR, Marbletrend, Associated Cranes, Jackeroo, Reivers Industries, Doors Plus, Roberts Contrax and many more.

See also:

The number one publication for the architecture sector, has featured a story about the good work NMIT's Building & Construction department had done to help victims of the tragic Victorian bush fires with the help of industry associates. Read more at Architecture & Design
Media Release: NMIT helps Kinglake residents make a clean start (1 May 2009)
Photo Gallery - NMIT helps Kinglake residents make a clean start after the 2009 Bushfires


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