Yuwaya Ngarra-li – ‘Vision’.
"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 Professor Eileen Baldry and keenly supported by Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs
Dharriwaa Elders Group invited its champion, Professor Eileen Baldry and her dedicated team at the University of NSW, to join with it in pursuing community-led, holistic approaches for Walgett's community development.
In August 2017, DEG's Wendy Spencer and UNSW Ruth McCausland met with the UNSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering team led by Anna Bruce, and Mike Roberts of Pingala, to discuss the next stages of Yuwaya Ngarrali's Walgett energy poverty relief projects.
This timeline summarises a history of some interactions between Walgett's Dharriwaa Elders Group and UNSW since 2006. Today in 2017, Yuwaya Ngarra-li employs two part-time staff who are working to build many ambitious outcomes for Walgett, an Aboriginal town in north west NSW.
On the 29th August 2017 Yuwaya Ngarra-li's Dr Ruth McCausland and Wendy Spencer met with Dr Martin Andersen, Director of the UNSW Connected Waters Institute and Dr Cameron Holley of the Faculty of Law to learn more about how they could work together.