The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara ("APY Lands") cover a vast area. The distance east to west is approximately 520km. Constant movement and transport of goods and people is required. The Anangu believe that the driving function can be performed by Anangu drivers, with a significant boost to Anangu employment. The Mutuka project has this ambition as its aim.
"Mutuka" is Pitjantjatjara for motor car and the project seeks to train young Anangu to obtain employment as drivers. The training will be conducted by instructors able to provide nationally recognised certification. That training will include vehicle care, basic maintenance and will offer the chance to hold licences of various types. Mutuka will also establish a small commercial enterprise to enable Anangu on graduation to obtain initial employment and experience before seeking employment in the transport industry generally. That employ may exist in mining, in station work, in the various opportunities within the APY Lands or elsewhere for qualified drivers.
This project has been coordinated with the new APY Trade Training Centre at Umuwa. The Centre is managed by DECS in partnership with the nine schools on the APY Lands, Housing (SA), the Construction Industry Training Board, Charles Darwin University, the Australian Industry Group and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (Commonwealth).
This project is planned to commence during 2011, at the time of the establishment of the Umuwa Trade Training Centre. The estimated cost of Palya's Mutuka project is $500,000.00. The project is ultimately intended to build to a self sustaining venture and a viable Aboriginal enterprise.