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.

composite of scenes from the Walgett Food Forum 8 April 2019

Yuwaya Ngarra-li hosted the Walgett Food Forum - "Food and Water is Life!" 8 April 2019. Read our statement here and report released 26 June 2019 here. The Dharriwaa Elders Group identified the need to improve access

to available affordable nutritious food in Walgett as a priority for Yuwaya Ngarra-li from key community concerns raised in our Community Data Gathering in December 2018 and in our community consultations and workshops developing the Action Plan for Children and Young People in April and May 2018. These concerns include:

  • * the lack of affordable healthy food options and social places to eat is having an adverse impact on health.
  • * the degradation of the rivers over time and the most recent rapid stopping of flow have had increasingly devastating effects on sources of food.
      To learn from and act on these community concerns and perspectives, the aims of the Yuwaya Ngarra-li Food Forum were to:
      • * Provide data and research about what is known about food issues relevant to Aboriginal people in Walgett and impacts on long-term health and wellbeing
      • * Gather community members and critical services, organisations, and other stakeholders together to discuss food issues in Walgett
      • * Facilitate a public forum that is action oriented and focused on positive strategies and evidence-based solutions.