Dharriwaa Elders Group is alarmed about the impacts on Walgett's wellbeing from the mismanagement of water in the Murray Darling Basin.
DEG's Secretary Virginia Robinson signed the organisation's brief submission to the Dept of Agriculture's invitation to comment on the Draft Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan
UNSW Engineering visited Walgett in September, through Dharriwaa Elders Group's Yuwaya Ngarra-li partnership with UNSW. Before they arrived, Dharriwaa Elders Group had prioritised
Acclaimed artist Reko Rennie returned to Walgett October 2018 to develop a new project for Dharriwaa Elders Group. DEG was pleased to facilitate some reunions with his Walgett mob
Dharriwaa Elders Group invited Walgett's ACCOs (Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisations) to meet the newly arrived Acting General Manager of Walgett Shire Council,
DEG Elders started receiving phone calls in the morning of 2 December 2016 from excited Elders who had heard news reports of a NSW Government response to the need for reparations for NSW Stolen Generations. As the members gathered for their AGM the story was broadcast on ABC News 24.
While DEG's AGM was being conducted, the Secretariat to the NSW Parliament's General Purpose Standing Committee No. 3 emailed the DEG the NSW Government's response to its Inquiry Report - "Unfinished Business".
The Dharriwaa Elders Group made two submissions to this important inquiry and invited the Committee to visit Walgett. The Committee, chaired by Jan Barham, MLC, conducted a Walgett hearing in February 2016. DEG conducted a workshop beforehand to help Walgett Elders prepare, and supported them to attend the hearing. Elders were pleased to see that most of their recommendations were included in the 35 made by the Committee. Today, the NSW Government's response was released by Minister Leslie Williams.
The NSW Government's response makes many powerful statements and undertakings which will be absorbed by DEG Elders and the Walgett Aboriginal community in weeks to come. This issue continues to affect Walgett's Aboriginal community in ways many are only beginning to understand.