On December 10, the TNQ Drought Hub, Sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Enterprise Program and The Cairns Institute (TCI) will host the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Showcase Challenge. The Challenge is delivered through the partnership with the Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation.
This Traditional-Owner managed and governed community organisation exists to ‘protect, secure, support and promote the rights and interests of local Aboriginal Traditional owners and custodians’. Project briefs support Yirrganydji people to sustain wellbeing, culture and care for their rainforest and coastal land and sea country between Cairns and Port Douglas, in Far North Queensland, Australia, for the benefit of current and future generations.
The ‘EWB Challenge Showcase’ event invites the top student teams from 23 participating universities across Australia and New Zealand to share their innovative design ideas with Dawul Wuru and EWB, with an aim to enable Yirrganydji people to protect and care for their Country.
EWB seeks to assist Dawul Wuru with engineering services to support their aspirations for a ‘Hub’ (including a ranger base), so EWB ideas have the potential to feed into the designs of this potential infrastructure through the pro bono program. This initial education-based collaboration has also opened up opportunities in their engineering programs, and Dawul Wuru have identified potential pro bono projects. Working with Dawul Waru through the Engineering on Country program; aims to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to live safely and productively on Country and pursue their community aspirations through improved access to engineering, technology and infrastructure.
For more information about the collaboration between EWB and Dawul Wuru, visit https://bit.ly/ewb2022blog