The Knowledge Water project
One of Northrop’s pro bono clients, Knowledge Water, is going ahead in leaps and bounds. The majority Indigenous-owned business based in Arnhem Land is close to finalising a national product trial with one of Australia’s largest office supplies companies.
The trial will use spring water tankered out from Mandjawuy and packaged with a partner in Perth. This trial is aimed at building investor confidence and local employment ahead of the construction of the local factory which is scheduled to commence later this year. Northrop is providing all engineering services and is close to finalising the design.
The Knowledge Water project is aimed at creating economic development and Indigenous employment in East Arnhem Land. A significant proportion of profits will be invested in the homeland school at Mandjawuy and will also go towards training Indigenous teachers.
The project has already secured significant funding from the Australian federal government and was recently endorsed by the Northern Territory Chief Minister, Michael Gunner, after he visited Manjawuy to hear more about the business.
Northrop has been working with the community in Mandjawuy over the last 12 months in partnership with Upside Architecture and remote NT construction company Bukmak.