Country, Culture, People, Future

July 2016

Better access to Karijini

Posted: July 22nd, 2016

As part of the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint, new walking trails and viewing platforms have improved access for visitors to Karijini National Park.

The trails will provide safer access to Fortesque Falls and Fern Pool. The project was a joint effort between the Pilbara Development Commission and the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW).

You can learn more about the sites at DPaW’s web page here.

First edition of Nyangumarta News now available!

Posted: July 19th, 2016

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Following the formal dedication of the Nyangumarta Indigenous Protected Area in 2015, the Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation (NWAC) and the Nyangumarta Rangers have published the first issue of their community newsletter.

Meant to help inform Nyangumarta Traditional Owners and promote the work of the Rangers, Nyangumarta News will publish at least two newsletters a year. NWAC also hopes that the newsletter will be a point of pride for the Rangers, who work so hard to keep the Nyangumarta connection to Country strong.

Through ranger programs, elders pass on their knowledge to the younger generations, and give Rangers important cultural responsibilities like protecting culturally significant places, managing on-Country resources and educating young people.

Though the newsletter will focus on stories about the Rangers and their activities on-Country, NWAC welcomes stories from local readers. You can contact Todd Norwell, Ranger Coordinator at tnorwell@ymac.org.au if you have anything to submit.

You can read the first edition of Nyangumarta News here.

 

NAIDOC celebrations across WA

Posted: July 4th, 2016

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To celebrate NAIDOC Week this year, towns across Western Australia are collaborating with local and national Aboriginal organisations to plan cultural events and activities for their communities.

Working with the Yinhawangka People, the town of Paraburdoo is planning a series of events beginning on 2 July. These events include family friendly gatherings and demonstrations of traditional practices like boomerang throwing and damper-making competitions.

In Tom Price, there are plans for demonstrations of traditional dancing, painting and performances, live music, an outdoor film festival, and a Food Showcase.

In Perth, an afternoon of free family entertainment is being offered at the James Street Amphitheatre. Featuring performances by Jake and the Cowboys, the event is being presented by acclaimed Aboriginal dancer and digeridoo player Olman Walley. Guests can learn about Australia’s native bush plants and bush tucker by trying a variety of samples at market stalls. Those who cannot make it can tune into 100.9 FM for a live broadcast on Noongar Radio.

For more information about the events in Paraburdoo and Tom Price, visit the Shire of Ashburton’s website here, and for information about how NAIDOC Week is being celebrated across WA visit the official NAIDOC week website here.