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.

The Yuwaya Ngarra-li partnership between Walgett's Dharriwaa Elders Group and the UNSW has a governance structure and process that is led by the Elders Council of the Dharriwaa Elders Group in Walgett.


YN community design briefing session 13 Nov 2019

Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service & Walgett Shire Council is being supported by YN to improve public access throughout Walgett to chilled high quality drinking water.

The CHIPP team with DEG's Clem Dodd and Yuwaya Ngarra-li's Peta MacGillivray at the Junction
In August 2019, the CHIPP team (children's injury prevention program) visited Walgett to start the co-design of a program

Impact Engineers & Ernie Sands installing water efficient test beds in WAMS Community Garden #1
Impact Engineers from UNSW Global Water Institute, with Ernie Sands from WAMS installed 2 x water efficient test garden beds

Food and Water Statements from WAMS, DEG 12/8/19.

Walgett Food Forum Report 26 June 2019
Yuwaya Ngarra-li Walgett Food Forum Report was published 26 June 2019 and presents information about the Walgett Food Forum convened 8 April 2019 by Yuwaya Ngarra-li with Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service.

Walgett water update - image from flier
Continuing our work "Food and Water for Life" with Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service (WAMS), Dharriwaa Elders Group's Yuwaya Ngarra-li partnership with UNSW hosted a "water update" meeting 22 May 2019. Speakers included Christine Corby OAM CEO of Walgett AMS, Professor Greg Leslie of UNSW

DEG's Virginia Robinson Welcomed participants to the Food Forum

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

Planning new child injury prevention project with Walgett AMS

Furthering our Yuwaya Ngarra-li partnership with UNSW, DEG welcomed Professor Rebecca Ivers & Dr Mel Andersen

Professor Chris Davison and Dr Sue O'Neill at Walgett Community College June 2017

The Yuwaya Ngarrali partnership hosted a visit to Walgett of UNSW Education Faculty leader Professor Chris Davison, Dr Sue O’Neill and Honorary Professor Adrian Piccolli

Our Built Environment guests at the junction of the Namoi & Barwon Rivers with UNSW Yuwaya Ngarra-li Project Manager Peta MacGillivray, DEG Speaker Clem Dodd.

DEG hosted collaborators in the UNSW Built Environment Faculty - Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard & Louise McKenzie

Jacqui Webster and Keziah Bennett-Brook with Ricco Lane at WAMS Community Garden.

Elders inducted Assoc. Professor Jacqui Webster and Keziah Bennett-Brook to Walgett in February 2019

Impact Engineers at Walgett AMS's Community Garden February 2019.

Dharriwaa Elders Group hosted "Impact Engineers" in Walgett in February 2019. DEG has long held concerns

UNSW Engineering team at the WAMS community garden

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

Murat Dizdar in Walgett Sept. 2018

Murat Dizdar, NSW Department of Education Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance,

the first Walgett Youth Justice Working Group meets

On 9 August 2018 at Dharriwaa Elders Group Yuwaya Ngarra-li convened the first Walgett Youth Justice Working Group meeting, an idea from the Youth Justice Forum that community wanted included in the Action Plan for Children and Young People.

Yuwaya Ngarra-li's Wendy Spencer, Peta MacGillivray, Vanessa Hickey and Ruth McCausland.
A quick introduction to the core Yuwaya Ngarra-li team - two are Walgett-based, two are Sydney-based. Meet Wendy Spencer (DEG Project Manager), Peta MacGillivray (Sydney Project Manager), Vanessa Hickey (DEG Project Officer) and Ruth McCausland (Research & Evaluation Director). We are proud of our team's capabilities and look forward to working with colleagues and stakeholders who support and understand our approach.

Wendy Spencer & Farshid Pahlevani in July 2018

Yuwaya Ngarrali's Walgett project manager visited with the UNSW Science's Sm@rt Centre's Farshid Pahlevani

YN's Peta MacGillivray and Ruth MacGillivray with Eva Lloyd and Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard.

The Yuwaya Ngarrali team was very pleased to meet with Eva Lloyd and Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard from the UNSW Faculty of the Built Environment

May Miller-Dawkins and Kirsten Ridley.

Introducing May Miller-Dawkins and Kirsten Ridley. May is a researcher, advocate and coalition-builder

Walgett Youth Justice Forum
Resetting Relationships and Building Futures
Read here about the Walgett Youth Justice Forum held 14, 15 March 2018.

Action Plan for Children and Young People launch

Today (6 June 2018) we launched the Action Plan for Children and Young People. Read here about the Walgett Youth Justice Forum held 14, 15 March 2018 which informed the Action Plan.

Aidan Alexander and his partner Romy lunching with DEG July 2016

UNSW honours student Aidan Alexander was invited to Walgett to work with DEG to scope energy needs of Walgett's Aboriginal community from early 2016.

DEG's Clem Dodd meeting UNSW SM@RT Centre team

While visiting Sydney to receive a NSW Justice Award in October 2017 DEG visited UNSW Science SM@RT Centre to meet with Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla and members of her team,

Tom Dobbie, Veena Sahajwalla, Ruth McCausland at UNSW Sm@RT Centre January 2018

DEG's Project Manager and UNSW Dr Ruth McCausland, working for the DEG / UNSW Yuwaya Ngarra-li partnership

DEG's Clem Dodd and Secretary Virginia Robinson with UNSW, Souths Cares, Rabbitohs and BCA National partners in Walgett 26/11/16

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.

Yuwaya Ngarrali discussions with UNSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering

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.

UNSW Vice Chancellor Ian Jacobs & Deputy Vice-Chancellor Inclusion and Diversity Eileen Baldry with Walgett AMS CEO Christine Corby OAM and their colleagues at WAMS

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.

Yuwaya Ngarrali discussions with UNSW Global Water Initiative. Groundwater & rivers are special and in need of protecting in the Walgett area.

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.