Yuwaya Ngarra-li – ‘Vision’.CLD Centre Align

"The Dharriwaa Elders will lead a collaboration with UNSW and other supporters to grow our individual and community strengths and assets. We aim to restore a robust belonging to thriving families, community and country, while making our place in the nation and sharing our learning with other communities". Dharriwaa Elders Group, Walgett.

The purpose of Yuwaya Ngarra-li is for the Dharriwaa Elders Group (DEG) and UNSW to work in partnership to improve the wellbeing, social, built and physical environment and life pathways of Aboriginal people in Walgett through collaborating on evidence-based programs, research projects and capacity building, and to evaluate this model of CommUNIty-Led Development as a way of working with other Aboriginal communities.

Yuwaya Ngarra-li is an initiative that will promote two-way learning between Walgett's Dharriwaa Elders Group and a range of UNSW faculties, with long term academic leadership by ASsoc. Professor Ruth McCausland and keenly supported by the Vice-Chancellor

Warning: Images of deceased persons may appear. Yuwaalaraay / Gamilaraay pronunciation guide.

Walgett's Mayor, Deputy Mayor & Council workers introduce Walgett water infrastructure

Global Water Institute Engineers Greg Leslie, Martin Andersen and Melinda Wimborne who supports student-led projects were invited by Dharriwaa Elders Group to look at a range of Walgett water engineering challenges

in September 2018. Walgett Shire Council Mayor and Deputy Mayor and the Council water team and engineers supported the parts of their visit which required understanding of current facilities and practices. We were pleased to assist Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service to think through their responses to the Walgett water restrictions, for Walgett's valuable community assett - the community garden. During the visit we secured a donation of Great Artesian Basin water from the Council to fill the 1 x water tank at the garden - a temporary solution. We are following up with obtaining expert opinions regarding the length of time artesian water should be relied upon, and locating ways to obtain permanent water security for this important community food resource.