Remote morgues

20 morgues in remote communities are being constructed or rebuilt to support health providers deliver more effective services to local Aboriginal people, and provide access to culturally appropriate, timely and cost effective mortuary services.

Four communities who had no morgue—Maningrida, Wurrumiyanga, Galiwin’ku and Kaltukatjara (Docker River)—are receiving new morgues.

Four communities—Alpurrurulam, Kalkarindji, Ngukurr and Numbulwar—are having their existing morgue replaced with a new morgue.

12 communities are receiving upgraded morgues: Ali Curung, Alyangula, Borroloola, Elliott, Gunbalanya, Jabiru, Kintore, Lajamanu, Nyirrpi, Papunya, Wadeye, and Yuendumu.

The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is managing the construction work in conjunction with the Department of Housing and Community Development and Department of Health.

The Department of Health is responsible for the operation and ongoing funding of remote morgues.

Morgue construction update 2 May 2017

Upgrades have been completed at:

  • Alyangula
  • Borroloola
  • Jabiru
  • Ali Curung
  • Nyirrpi
  • Papunya
  • Yuendumu

Upgrade works are underway at:

  • Wadeye – estimated completion mid 2017
  • Gunbalanya – estimated completion mid 2017
  • Elliott - estimated completion mid 2017
  • Kintore - estimated completion mid 2017
  • Lajamanu - estimated completion mid 2017

New build works are underway at:

  • Galiwinku – estimated completion May 2017
  • Kaltukatjara (Docker River) – estimated completion mid 2017
  • Numbulwar – estimated completion mid 2017

New builds are planned for:

  • Maningrida – tender scheduled for release May 2017
  • Wurrumiyanga – tender closed late April 2017 - under assessment
  • Kalkarindji – tender scheduled for release May 2017
  • Alpurrurulam (Lake Nash) – tender released in May 2017
  • Ngukurr – tender scheduled for release May 2017

Last updated: 28 November 2017