Yalanji Mataka/Iron Rock Recycling

Current Operations
Parts and Recyling Materials Assembled
One of many Existing Stockpiles of Materials

Make a comment or post any questions you may have about our enterprise at the Yalanji Mataka forum at this link: http://www.isx.org.au/forums/list.php?84 We look forward to your input! ---------------------------------------------- Yalanji Mataka/ 2011 Statement of Investment Needs Warehouse/Garage in Mossman with caretakers accommodation The warehouse garage needs to be on about an acre of land or more, and needs to have covered area for dismantling vehicles and storing spare parts. It should have a secured area for storing tools and if possible hoists and or a pit for examining/working underneath of vehicles. There should be an office for computerising, cataloging and listing parts for sale on the internet as they become available. The warehouse/garage would be the headquarters of Yalanji mataka and could employ up to five local BAMA apprentices and workers who would be paid at a nominal rate. Initially a rent of between $40-60,000 per annum is needed for this, or as the basis for a deposit for the purchase of land and buildings. Tilt Tray Truck A tilt tray truck is needed to transport vehicles and to transport scrap metal. A good tilt tray truck would cost between $40- 80,000 Community Mechanic Team Yalanji mataka would conduct yearly audits of communities identifying vehicles to be taken away as scrap or would identify repairs that needed to be made on vehicles and parts that were needed to make the repairs. The team would make up to six visits to communities each year of up to a week each visit. At two thousand dollars a visit Yalanji mataka would invite Aboriginal organisations, local councils and other organisations to cover the costs of accommodation and transport for the community audits. During the audits mechanics would assess each vehicle and make estimates of the costs of repairs. The cost of repairs would need to be covered by the individual or family or owner of the vehicle. When the funds were found Yalanji mataka would source the cheapest parts and complete the repair. Scrap metal. Yalanji mataka would identify vehicles for scrap and spare parts and would for a negotiated fee take these vehicles away from the community. Total Budgetary Needs Rental for warehouse and storage area $40-60,000 per annum Tilt Tray Truck $40-80,000 Community Audits $12,000 per annum ______________________________________________ Long Term Goals Our company will be run by Indigenous men and women from the Mossman area. Our long term strategy and vision is to purchase a block of land within an industrial area. The company will be self-supporting business and will provide employment skills and training in all aspects of motor car repair, maintenance and re-cycling. This will include support for healthy lifestyles through traditional and non-traditional practices and safe work practices based on occupational health and safety guidelines. The Indigenous community of Mossman will have input into the nature of our business. The long term plan is to create a recycle yard that will deal with scrap metals, plastic, glass, rubber, and liquids. It will also grow traditional plants including black palms, green reed grass, cain black and green bamboo, rangoon cane, coconuts dwarf palms all for processing There are many valuable components in new and old cars, truck, caravans, boats, sheds, farm equipment and household wastes. Industrial metal waste clean up and construction site clean up can also yield valuable raw materials. By having a community driver for the project local employment will be a strong priority as well preserving a safe environment. The recycle yard will open many employment opportunities for community members to start their own businesses with support from the main business areas. The work yard will become a work hub for different trades people including mechanics, plumbers, painters, builders, gardeners, manufacturers seeking recycled materials. It will also be a cultural gathering place for elders, artists and dancers using recycled natural products. Yalanji Mataka 2010-2012 The first phase of our operations will be to create a community car recycling, maintenance and car parts sales yard. There is currently a great demand for reliable motor cars (matakas) within the Indigenous community. There is also a disproportionate number of cars in disrepair in Aboriginal communities that need minor repairs to put them back on the road. The business would tap into this demand and provide a mobile and Mossman based consultancy service which would determine whether motor cars could be fixed up or recycled. Those which could be fixed up would incurr economical costs to owners. Other motor cars would be taken away fixed up and sold at economical prices to community members. Other cars would be stripped of parts and these parts would in turn be marketed and sold in the mainstream parts market. The first steps would be to create a contaminated oils, fuel and solvents storage yard and a car wash bay. Cars would be moved to the storage yard and safe clean and accessible area for processing. From within the ranks of the proposers of this business a workshop supervisor mechanic would work full time with four trainees to start the process of dismantling vehicles. The trainees would be trained in different fields to start dismantling cars. Over a year they would be rotated around to cover all areas of the motor vehicle. After undergoing a short transition period trainees would be offered a four year apprenticeship as a mechanic and car recycler. Vehicles parts would be reconditioned and sold to public and auto spare parts companies. The business would begin to develop small scale recycling of oil, glass, batteries, engine blocks and other metals The proprietors have already assembled a large store house of motor vehicles that are salvageable and others that need to be stripped of parts and recycled. This stock pile is estimated to be worth tens of thousands of dollars and are the raw materials for the business. Drivers for transporting parts, picking up old cars and transporting vehicles to owners would also be required. In order to develop our business needs the following: A suitable factory and shop in industrial zoned land for Yalanji Mataka in the Mossman area. We believe that support for rental or lease of a building with an extensive yard for a two to three year period will help us to consolidate our operations. The factory should have a garage, auto-repair 2 and 4 pole hoists and facilities. Planning protocols for building, water, power and site plans in compliance with local council guidelines. Site transition to suitable land that can be purchased for the long term development of the business. Such a property needs to be fenced, have comprehensive soil tests and fire breaks as well as suitable geography for water draining and catchment. A contaminated water catchment facility, contaminated oils, fuel and other solvents storage and catchment area would need to be developed. 2012-2015 Approximate Envisioned Stages of Development 1. Obtain suitable land Put in foundations for building sites and drainage plans. Develop water catchment area fence and lock Water catchment will have a monitoring program implemented the moment water is in catchment. Have water running to agriculture site. 2. Establish agriculture site with plants. Make sure all power, water catchment and drains are in place. Make sure all building sites are ready for buildings. Build workshop site and reclaiming station 3. Set up spare parts business. Set up spare part storage sheds Set up storage sheds for all glass, plastic, tyres and rubber, oils, fuel, solvents, cloth and small steel parts including springs, brakes, panels seats, rims and seat belt stems. The working capital establishment budget we are developing is as follows: Establishment & Start Up Tools and Equipment $556,000 Office and Amenities $46,000 Electrical ` $8,100 Wash Bay $7,000 Warehousing, Storage Shed, Fuel and Oil Repository` $700,000 Total $1,317,100

Project description: 
Yalanji Mataka is the first phase of a plan to create an Indigenous (Iron Rock) Recycling company based in the Mossman (North Queensland) area.
Lead Organisation: 
Kuku Yalanji
Contact Name: 
Bennett Walker/Owen Love
Contact Phone: 
(07) 4098 3698
Contact Email: 
Support Type: 
Support to consolidate our equipment and stock in a factory and storage area.

Funding Amount:


Queensland - Cape York