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The National Land Surveying
Commission (NLSC) met face to face
at Locate15 in Brisbane in March 2015.
Meeting face to face is always a great
way for the commission to get together
each year and 'regroup'. Haydn Smith
from NZIS was a guest to the meeting.
Hayden described several aspects of
the forthcoming FIG Working Week
in Christchurch NZ (2-6 May 2016).
FIG Working Week will be held at the
Horncastle Arena and Addington Events
Centre, and the theme will be 'Recovery
from Disaster'. Paul Mather from ACSIS
was also a guest to the NLSC Committee
meeting in Brisbane. Paul spoke about
the importance of ACSIS and the NLSC
of SSSI. As the chairman of Consulting
Surveyors National, he gave an overview
of the activities of both ACSIS and
Consulting Surveyors National such as
The NLSC would like to welcome the
following new members to SSSI: Fei Peng,
Kor Ersoy, Blair Della Franca, Matthew
Turner, Liang Xue, Brett Sheehan, Heath
McMahon, Kevin Moir, Brett Parker, and
Working in communities
Over the past five or so years, there
has been a lot of construction and
survey works undertaken in Aboriginal
communities across most regions of
Australia. While some are remote, many
are located near or within large centres, or
are adjacent to substantial mining projects.
It is anticipated that most of these com-
munities will continue to grow, and some
of the communities will experience expo-
nential growth due to migration, particu-
larly where there is greater opportunity,
especially with employment and services.
As such, there will be a continued
requirement for our members to visit and
undertake surveys at or around these sites.
Communities are subject to various
types of land tenure from Native Title,
Freehold, Crown, Crown Lease, individual
Freehold, Lease and leaseback, and
informal occupation - just to identify a few.
It is important for anyone planning to
visit a community to ensure that they have
supplied sufficient notification to the com-
munity, and that they have obtained per-
mits where applicable. It is also important
to research any restrictions with respect
to access where there may be heritage and
cultural implications. The road in may or
may not be Crown land. Hunting, fishing,
shooting and camping without permission
could end with a substantial fine.
Communities have various types of
administration. It is essential that you
'sign-in' at the appropriate office or
with the appropriate person. There are
different types of administration from
a regional council office, community
trust and/or a public servant from the
office of the prime minister. This is no
different to a work site or when entering a
neighbouring property to look for pegs.
There is usually a federal government,
community or council accommodation
block in communities away from main
centres. Bookings are essential as they are
used by visiting specialists such as doctors
and dentists and many others with official
duties to undertake. Time stays may also
be limited due to other bookings.
Most communities have restrictions
with respect to what you can bring into
the community. Alcohol may be limited to
permit holders or banned outright. Restric-
tions may also apply to standard petrol,
unsecured spray cans and other chemicals
likely to cause harm. Again, keep every-
thing secure as with any normal worksite.
Communities usually have well stocked
stores. Most are owned indirectly by the
community and they have a good stock
of basic items. Many remote sites though
are subject to road closures or weight
restrictions due to adverse weather. They
will stock up for the wet season, however,
some things, and fuel in particular,
may run low before the roads are fully
trafficable. With respect to fuel, always
have sufficient reserves (like aircraft) to
get back to alternative supplies. When the
pump breaks down it may take quite a few
days for a technician to come and repair.
Most remote communities with more
than 30 or so houses will have a health
clinic. These are well-stocked and are
run by registered nurses. Doctors and
specialists visit regularly, the clinic
will have one or two ambulances, and
access to a 24 hour airstrip in case
of emergencies. Many of the larger
communities have Telstra 3G mobile
coverage and/or public telephones.
Electricity, water and sewerage is usually
managed by the regional council or state/
territory authority. Water and power are
reliable and of good quality. There is often
a police station in or near the community,
and there will be night patrol vehicles
cruising the street after dark.
It is advisable to modify your working
hours to suit the community's timetable.
In hot periods, many people sleep on
the veranda to get some cool breeze.
This was the norm in the wheat belt
of WA before air-conditioning or fans.
Many communities are plagued by feral
donkeys, horses and camels that come
in after dark trying to get water and
anything green. Most houses have five
or six dogs. Put that all together and
basically it is hard to get proper sleep, so
the last thing anyone wants to put up with
is a surveyor making a racket at sunrise.
If you are working in a residential
zone, then wait until a 'reasonable'
hour. And just a note on the dogs: most
communities have filtered out the vicious
dogs and many are de-sexed. Because of
the lack of good fencing, be prepared for
the odd encounter with a dog that may
not like you.
Despite alcohol and etc. being banned
or restricted, one is recommended to keep
any eye out for any potential problems,
particularly Wednesday through to
Saturday. The odd party may commence,
often on the community boundary, and
you will need to be aware of any potential
risk to yourselves and others and adjust
your work hours accordingly.
When driving in communities always
attempt to park so that you do not
reverse. Traffic counts in communities are
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