The Walgett Food Forum was held on 8th April 2019 to learn from and act on WAMS, DEG and broader Walgett community concerns and perspectives around food, nutrition and water. 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
• Discuss positive action and strategies and evidence-based solutions to inform long-term planning.
The Food Forum was held in the Community Hub of Walgett Community College and attended by around 50 people. These included Walgett Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations members and staff including from the DEG, WAMS, Walgett Local Aboriginal Land Council (WLALC), the Walgett Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) and the emerging men’s group; staff from Koolyangarra Pre-School; and a number of Elders and interested community members as well as the
managers of Supa IGA Walgett and Café 64; the town’s three community gardeners; school principals, Aboriginal Education Assistants and canteen cooks from Walgett Community College; staff from Legal Aid NSW and NSW Family and Community Services (FACS). Professor Eileen Baldry, Academic Lead of Yuwaya Ngarra-li, facilitated the forum.