Dharriwaa Elders Group (“DEG”) hosted a community event 1 November 2023 to celebrate renewed access
Virginia Robinson, Secretary of Dharriwaa Elders Group at the ceremony we held 1/11/23 to celebrate the opening of the public road to the Baawan Weir at Walgett. "My name is Virginia Robinson and I am a Gamilaraay woman
Walgett residents are still buying drinking water. River water is unsuitable & Council hasn't made RO system work, so tap water is still high sodium.
Just reminding everyone particularly Australian Senators that voluntary buybacks from irrigators should be applied
DEG made a submission 13/10/23 to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications Inquiry into the Water Amendment (Restoring our Rivers) 2023.
DEG has always wanted to understand the quantum of government investment into service delivery and infrastructure for the Walgett Aboriginal community, so that we can evaluate from the community perspective,
Wiradjuri building designer and architecture student Samantha Rich was introduced to DEG in 2021 and she quickly became a much valued member of the Yuwaya Ngarrali team.
DEG and WAMS developed a joint statement about the high levels of homelessness in Walgett 13 July 2023 when we learnt that Homelessness NSW was preparing a campaign. The statement outlined our understanding of the situation, and evidence from our advocacy in the past.
Dharriwaa Elders Group is determined to make sure that the voters and decisionmakers know what is happening to the rivers and other waterways in DEG's area of interest in the Northern Murray Darling Basin.
Yuwaya Ngarrali Caring for Country program convened a meeting of all DEG's collaborators in its caring for Country - water work so that each of the collaborators could meet the others and learn of their combined work
Yuwaya Ngarrali - the partnership between DEG and the UNSW, recruited three members of a new Youth Team in 2020. We worked together - led by Peta MacGillivray, to build a holistic, community-led model
DEG was shocked to learn from the ABC in early July that the Walgett Shire Council had resolved to "decommission the Walgett pool". We swung into action along with WAMS, the Walgett swimming club and the town's swimming community.
Our new tinny provides the DEG River Ranger team with new access to areas on the river that were otherwise inaccessible by land through hostile landholders' gates and tracks.
DEG's River Rangers are out on the rivers and other waterways in DEG's area of interest daily. They are the organisation's eyes and ears, and notice the appalling condition of the rivers. In February 2023 the team documented dead dhagaay - yellowbelly
Walgett is on the confluence of two major rivers, the Baawan and the Ngamaay (Namoi). Despite this, Walgett is often without river water because of upstream irrigation and the way the rivers are managed
In February 2023 WAMS and DEG staff travelled to Sydney to begin our advocacy for the NSW Government to bring low sodium drinking water to Walgett and greater capability to Walgett Shire Council
Yuwaya Ngarra-li is continuing work to ensure safe drinking water for the Walgett community. While a reverse osmosis facility was installed in Walgett in May 2020,
At the core of our work is supporting Elders' wellbeing and their work for managing Walgett's Aboriginal cultural values, natural resources and community development. It's about "Ageing Well" and DEG believes its model for
Increasingly, Elders' mobility is challenged and a key resource enabling their continuing independence is mobility scooters. After many years of advocacy
In June the Acting General Manager of Walgett Shire Council, Hugh Percy, accepted DEG's invitation to morning tea. It had been many years since he had first met DEG as the Council's Administrator. DEG expressed its concern about the need for good facilities