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Disposal of sewage and wastewater in remote communities

Mathew, K., McGrath, D. and Newman, P. (1988) Disposal of sewage and wastewater in remote communities. In: Proceedings of the Conference on Science and Technology for Remote Communities, 18 - 19 July, Murdoch University, Murdoch, W.A Paper 5.1.


Aboriginal people through the outstation movement are re-estabishing themselves in remote areas of Australia. Although they are moving back to their traditional lands it would be wrong to assume that they wish to abandon all aspects of modern technology or white Australian society. They are in the process of determining the kind of life style they wish to pursue. It is clear that many groups wish to resume a way of life more closely geared to the pattern of the past, obtaining a greater degree of autonomy and control, and distancing themselves from white society in order to come to grips with its influences. ( Lantzke 1987) Therefore imposing technologies from the outside, no matter how seemingly appropriate would be wrong. However, developing a range of options from which it may be possible for different groups to choose technologies which appeal to them would appear to be worthwhile.

This paper will focus on the existing options for waste disposal gathered over the past 18 months. It then derives some principles for design and construction of future technological options for the disposal of sewage and waste water.

Finally, it explains two specific research areas which have been distilled out as the main features which need to be investigated in order to provide more relevant future options.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Institute for Environmental Science and Technology Policy, Murdoch University
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