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// Welcome to Intract Our vision was to form a business that would not only open doors for Indigenous training and development, but deliver stable and long-term employment for Aboriginal people in contracting services across the mining and civil construction industries. In 2010, the vision came to life and Intract was launched – a business formed through the partnership of The Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia (AFSA) and McMahon Services. Intract has delivered on its mission to provide long-term employment and instil confidence into local Aboriginal communities through the provision of stable jobs, skills training, mentoring and support. Achieving great success so far, Intract has provided over 24 Indigenous workers with valuable opportunities to join several large projects across Australia.

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From rebuilding Aboriginal Wellbeing Centres across South Australia’s Native Title lands to securing our largest project to date, constructing Drill Leases at the Santos Mereenie Oil & Gas Fields, the Intract team has been hard at work, proving our strength within the industry. Intract continues to focus on employing local Aboriginal people from surrounding homelands. As far as eagerness goes, we had one local Anagu man drive 450 kilometres to do his medical examination in Alice Springs. This shows just how far one will go to get the opportunity to work. McMahon Services has a long history working with Aboriginal people from the APY Lands through to remote Indigenous communities across the Northern Territory. Through the development of Intract, we have continued our work and establishing meaningful relationships with Aboriginal communities. The business was developed to help Aboriginal people ‘Walk a New Path’ and that’s exactly what we have achieved. Our simple business model of ‘train on the job – stay on the job’ is proving to be a great success. We now look forward to the next chapter of Intract and new opportunities for future growth.

David McMahon Managing Director

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// Our Contracting Services

// The Partnership

Providing contract services to the mining and civil construction industries across Australia.

The Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia was established by The Aboriginal Congress of South Australia to represent the commercial interests of Aboriginal communities across the State. The Congress represents all of the 22 Indigenous Native Title Claimants across South Australia.

Intract provides a “work ready” Indigenous labour force, including operators, supported by highly skilled and experienced employees from McMahon Services. Our team is experienced in the delivery of detailed and general civil works, and general building labour, with a strong track record working in remote areas.

Our Services Civil Construction

Landscaping, street furniture, walls and edging, timber boardwalks, water features, paving and finishes, fencing, lighting and concrete structures

Paving, kerbing, concreting, bollards, line marking and gutters

Mine camp construction – pad preparation, footings, modular building installation and services installation

Underground services installation


Stormwater systems and groundwater systems, swales and retention ponds

Contract crushing and screening

Bulk and detailed earthworks

Preparation for roads and concreting / asphalt and concrete pavement construction

Road and pathway construction

Construction of drilling leases

Underground construction and basement slabs

Pipelines, drainage structures and culvert works

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Maintenance & General •

Land / mine rehabilitation

Plant & Labour Hire •

Wet hire – skilled operators

Revegetation / vegetation control


Dry hire – large range of heavy machinery

Haulage – water, gravel and general

General labour hire

Well site maintenance

Fencing and grid maintenance / fence installation

Erosion repair

Signage installation


McMahon Services is one of Australia’s largest privately owned industrial, construction and environmental service providers. Starting as a small family run business in Adelaide in 1990, the business now operates nationally, employing over 450 staff. McMahon Services provides a wealth of resources to support Intract, from plant and equipment through to on the ground experience and a solid framework for training, health and safety.

// Plant and Equipment

Intract utilises McMahon Services’ extensive fleet of company owned plant and equipment in addition to its self-owned and operated fleet. With access to over $60 million of plant and equipment, Intract have the resources to undertake a broad range of civil construction works.


Dump Trucks

Low Loaders & Dollys


Water Trucks

Transport vehicles


Service Trucks

Mobile Amenities


Prime Movers

Lighting Towers



Pumps and Generators


Carry Graders

Skid Steer Loaders Note: All plant and equipment is mine site ready.

Specialist remote area rental solutions.

Wet & Dry Hire

Intract Hire provides remote area rental solutions for the mining and civil construction industries across Australia. Driven by our dedicated Indigenous labour force, Intract Hire covers both ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ plant and equipment hire, including operators and fuel, and modular accommodation including portable lunchrooms, sleeping quarters, kitchen facilities and ablution blocks, along with all associated plumbing, and electrical work.

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Remote Area Mobilisation Modern Fleet of Specialised Plant & Equipment Highly Trained Indigenous Operators Competitive Prices Mine Site Ready

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// Remote Area Logistics t Local Anangu men working for Intrac Supported by the existing McMahon Services operations in South Australia (Adelaide, Port Pirie, Whyalla and Woomera), Darwin, Perth, Karratha and Brisbane, Intract is able to supply contracting services across Australia. Intract also has the ability to provide rapid response to the most remote locations across the country. We have a number of

Western Australian Government Township Removal and Remediation of the Wittenoom Blue Asbestos Mine

in the APY Lands

4WD vehicles fitted with remote area HF radios, emergency first aid and retrieval equipment. In addition to our fleet of transport vehicles, we have floats ranging from dropdecks with a 20t capacity to a drake 4x8 low loader and dolly configuration with a capacity of up to 80t, along with semi-trailer tippers and light trucks.

Santos Civil and camp construction works at the Mereenie Oil & Gas Fields

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Department of Families Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Asbestos audit and painting contract throughout 72 communities of the Northern Territory

Federal and Northern Territory Governments Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program



Department for Planning, Transport & Infrastructure (DPTI) Refurbishment works for Indigenous wellbeing centres in the APY Lands



BHP Billiton Demolition of Thickening Plant located at Leinster

OZ Minerals Construction of accommodation village at Carrapateena copper gold-mine


Australian National Remediation of all Federal Government Railway properties

Genesee & Wyoming Australia Remediation of the Cook dump and sewer pond and preperation of new fuel tank base

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// Project Experience

Amata, SA Cook Dump



APY Family Wellbeing Centres

Cook Dump Remediation & Sewer Pond

Carrapateena Exploration Camp Construction

LOCATION Amata and Pukatja, South Australia

LOCATION Cook, South Australia

LOCATION Gawler Craton, South Australia

CLIENT Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure (DPTI)

CLIENT Genesee & Wyoming Australia

CLIENT OZ Minerals

Refurbishment works at the Amata and Pukatja Family Wellbeing Centres.

Remediation of the Cook Dump site and sewer pond.

Construction of accommodation village at the Carrapateena copper-gold mine.

Amata Extensive internal refurbishment works, construction of new external walls, modifications and construction of new Reception Area, installation of new kitchenette, along with building extensions, concrete paths, fencing, gates and construction of a new shed.

Disposal of 35,000 tonnes of rubbish into the existing dump, removal of old liner, remediation of areas impacted by water, installation of a new liner along with reinstatement of earth bank, compacted and shaped to match existing bank. To finish, preparation of new base and installation of fence posts and gates.

Pukatja Mobilisation of transportable building from Mimili to Marla to complete internal and external refurbishment works, before transportation to Pukatja. Works included structural modifications, new flooring, roofing, walls, electrical re-wiring, plumbing and concreting.

Intract was also awarded additional work to reinstate the existing tank base in preparation for a new fuel farm.

Stage 1 • Construction and placement of 13 accommodation buildings (52 rooms), laundry facilities, offices, a kitchen and dining area, and ablution blocks • Civil works – preparation of rubble pads and digging, laying and backfilling service trenches • Expansion of the site called for an additional 15 accommodation units, bringing the overall total to 112 single ensuited accommodation rooms

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Stage 2 • Plateau preparation, installation of transportables and footpaths, along with complete plumbing and electrical works

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West Venture Campus Redevelopment

Mereenie Oil & Gas Fields

Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program

LOCATION Marion and Point Sturt, South Australia

LOCATION Northern Territory

LOCATION 72 remote communities, Northern Territory

CLIENT Coppock & Associates


CLIENT Federal Government

Two stage redevelopment at Westminster School.

Civil and road construction works.

Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP).

Stage 1 • Disconnection and preparation works required to remove ablution blocks from Marion Campus to Point Sturt (90km apart) • Installation of service trenches • Electrical and hydraulic works • Installation of new decking • Building works in amenities buildings and existing student dormitories Stage 2 • Relocation of ablution blocks • Internal fit-out of dormitories and the addition of toilets and showers at Point Sturt • Installation of new industrial sewerage system

Complete civil works package at the Mereenie Oil & Gas Fields in the remote Northern Territory. Works included the construction of Drillsite Leases on a variety of terrains and upgrade of road networks for easy access to the site.

In partnership with Sitzler and Laing O’Rourke, McMahon Services joined the Territory Alliance to bridge the gap between Indigenous disadvantage across the Territory. The Territory Alliance delivered •

McMahon Services were also on site, preparing and constructing new living quarters for Santos personnel. Intract joined the team to help remove the existing single accommodation blocks and disconnect existing services, before replacing with two-storey, ensuited accommodation blocks, along with all trade services.

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518 new houses and six new subdivisions 314 rebuilds 442 refurbishments Installation of new power, water, roads and street lighting Retrofitting 18 town camps with new connections and realigned roads in Alice Springs

The Territory Alliance employed more than 750 workers, exceeding the Government target of 20% local Aboriginal engagement. In many communities we reached 35% and also offered accredited training.

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// Training & Development

// Health & Safety

// Key People

Intract Indigenous Employment Program To further support training and development, the Intract Indigenous Employment Program was established, through funding from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). A civil construction “work ready” training and recruitment program was designed specifically for the initiative. Trainway were then engaged to coordinate a six week intensive program focusing on a selection of competency units from Certificate II in Civil Construction (RII20709).

Intract provides exceptional quality services, a strong safety culture and commitment to the preservation and protection of the environment. All projects are carried out under third party accreditation management systems, resulting in the highest standards of project management and delivery.

Intract’s General Manager, John Briggs, is a proud Aboriginal and identifies with the Yorta Yorta people from Cummrugunja. John undertook a number of projects for McMahon Services, supervising demolition sites throughout South Australia in the early 1990s. He then moved to Western Australia to work in the mines, spending 15 years in the North West and 10 years with Rio Tinto. John spent six years as a Supervisor Trainer with the Aboriginal Training Alliance unit (ATAL), which was responsible for training and earthworks across all Pilbara Leases.

Beyond the Employment Program Beyond the initial recruitment and induction phase, graduates are supported with on-going training and development. Our highly trained senior personnel provide mentoring, offering on-site support and assisting in skill development.

Safety Focused All Intract employees are trained in McMahon Services’ in-house Safety Focused Program – designed to build a strong safety culture throughout our organisation. To implement changes in attitudes and behaviours we work closely with our site personnel by utilising a mix of training workshops, training materials and on-site mentors. We encourage open communication to help reduce injuries and improve our safety performance.

Intract also engages local facilitators in Indigenous communities to assist with preparing trainees for work. This includes organising medicals, facilitating inductions and providing an easily accessible point of contact.

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John was also a mentor for the Aboriginal workers and spokesperson for cultural awareness. John has been instrumental in the formation of Intract and has been strongly supported by the Partnership and Indigenous communities across Australia.

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// Intract Company Charter Our Vision

Our Mission

To provide secure long-term economic independence for Aboriginal people and their communities.

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Provision of effective and culturally aware employment and training within the construction industry To excel in customer service and project delivery Establish Intract as an employer of choice within Australia’s construction industry To be respected within the South Australian Aboriginal and wider community, and a known industry leader in the delivery of quality employment and training opportunities

Our Commitment • • • •

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Provide a work environment which is culturally appropriate Respect the culture and values of Aboriginal people Ensure confidentially when requested To be transparent and open in all decision-making with the Foundation Partnership, clients, staff and the broader community Maximise the use of Aboriginal goods and services through Intract activities Provide quality leadership and direction in training and daily activities Promote a fair, safe and successful workplace

// Aboriginal People Policy

// Community Relations

Intract respects the traditions and cultures of Aboriginal people, and recognises the unique relationship that Aboriginal people have to the land.

Through the involvement of local Aboriginal people, Intract enables communities to take part in activities on their traditional lands.

Intract believes that effective management of Aboriginal matters forms an important part of successful operations.

Intract’s vision is to provide a range of training, employment and community relations programs using the company’s operations as a platform to assist Aboriginal people in further developing their own communities.

Our Principles • •

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Build trust and respect Respect human and property rights, and sites of cultural or religious significance A clear and concise approach to negotiations with landholders Behave in a manner that meets and respects cultural customs and practices Strive to deliver greater opportunities for commercial enterprise, employment and career development Monitor Aboriginal affairs and policies Provide cultural awareness training to ensure employees recognise the potential impacts of their activities

Our goals and programs have been developed in consultation with Aboriginal people and focus on job skills training, business development, education, crosscultural development and the preservation of Aboriginal culture and heritage.


We provide training to local people so they can have employment during the project’s lifecycle.


When the project is finalised, we actively seek opportunities for on-going work.

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Giving Back

Territory Thunder FC

Intract proudly contributes a percentage of our turnover from completed projects to the Native Title groups, distributed to the local communities through The Aboriginal Foundation of South Australia.

McMahon Services together with Intract are the proud Premier Partners of the Northern Territory Football Club. The NT Thunder set out to inspire young Indigenous people to participate in sport to improve education, employment, training, health, leadership and wellbeing in local Indigenous communities across the Territory.

Intract team on site in the Northern Territory

Michael Long and NT Thunder player Julian Lockwood interacting with local Aboriginal Children at a healthy lifestyle clinic at Gove.

SA Aboriginal Sports Carnival In celebration of Indigenous sports, Intract sponsored the Adelaide Metro Panthers football team in the 2012 Annual SA Aboriginal Sports “Nunga� Carnival. Intract personnel also joined the team to not only kick a footy but to learn about teamwork and celebrating as a community. Sidney Graham, Cameron Clanc, James ClarkRantassa and Brenton Wilson from Intract

Intract Indigenous Contractors South Australia 26 Duncan Road Dry Creek SA 5094 PO Box 542 Enfield Plaza SA 5085 T (08) 8203 3100 F (08) 8260 5210 M 0417 855 765 E

Northern Territory 41 Bishop Street Woolner NT 0800 PO Box 36546 Winnellie NT 0821 T (08) 8930 2500 F (08) 8942 2782

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