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NMIT helps Kinglake residents make a clean start

25 Mar 2013

On Monday life will get a little easier (and cleaner) for two Kinglake families who recently lost their homes to the bushfires.

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.

Construction has begun and the first two units will be deployed in the Kinglake area this Monday 4 May.

Bathroom Laundry unit constructed by NMIT students and staff being unloaded at Kinglake. Visit the Photo Gallery. See follow up News story: NMIT helps Kinglake residents make a clean start (28 August 2009) Among the first to receive a laundry / bathroom unit are the families of Kinglake residents Tricia Hill and Michelle Thomas.

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 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.

NMIT will also organise to deliver these units, ready to use, on the house sites where people are living in caravans, buses etc but have no bathroom and washing facilities.

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

The units are being transported on crane trucks (another donation) in groups of two as NMIT's students and staff manage to build them over the coming months.


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