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.
Her first task was to listen to DEG Elders about their housing and home design needs. Since then she has prepared a model accommodation complex for independent Elders who would appreciate living in energy efficient, comfortable group cluster of small homes. DEG in late 2023 has purchased land so that Sam can draw up and cost practical, shovel-ready plans for the complex that we will seek funds for. Once Elders are housed in DEG's alternative more social housing will be freed for Walgett families. Sam is currently researching successful models of ACCO social housing management. Another Yuwaya Ngarrali collaborator, Dr Bob Davidson has been asked to research residential aged care funding models.