Welcome to Waltja

Whatever Waltja does, culture is in the centre of what we do and we hold that strong.” Statement from Waltja Directors’ Meeting, Eastern MacDonnell Ranges, NT, May 2014.

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation (Waltja) is an Aboriginal controlled community-based organisation, which does good work with families, grounded in strong culture and relationships.  We work in remote Central Australian Aboriginal communities, across nine languages and across more than one quarter of the Northern Territory. Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi is in the Luritja language. It literally means “families, for everybody, really good together”, or the short version, “doing good work with families”. Waltja is governed by a Board of Directors who are senior traditional Aboriginal women, permanent residents and leaders in the remote communities where we work.

In Waltja, everyone works well together, keeping Waltja strong and friendly – Directors, workers and community. Waltja is home. One family” April Martin, Chairperson.

In November 2014, Waltja was awarded the Reconciliation Australia Indigenous Governance Award for the best-governed Indigenous organisation in Australia.  Chair of the judging panel, Professor Mick Dodson, said Waltja has been doing good governance for a very long time, keeping culture at the heart of the work.  He said, “Waltja is one of the best organisations I have encountered; the best in Australia.”

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Influential Aboriginal educator wins 2016 GTNT Award

Young Indigenous educator Debbon Webb has taken out the 2016 Group Training NT (GTNT) school-based Trainee of the Year award, presented at a recent ceremony held in Alice Springs. Webb, from the remote Hart’s Range community in the North-East of Alice Springs, has... read more

Sponsor an Indigenous Singer

Waltja supports the Big Sing and we encourage people to sponsor Aboriginal singers to attend. It is a wonderful event! Donate $30 or more to sponsor a singer from remote Central desert communities to attend BiG SING in the Desert, 2016. You’ll receive a link to... read more

Be Smart when buying a Mobile Phone

Remote communities are now getting mobile phone reception. This is good news for keeping in touch with family and friends but can also mean big bills. If you sign a contract for a mobile phone with a company you might end up paying a lot of money  and having really... read more

Spending Kids’ Money on Gambling

This painting was made by Topsy Peterson at the Mount Liebig workshop, Be Ninti about Gambling, in October. Isobel Nampitjinpa Gorey told Family News the story of Topsy’s painting. “All the kids are looking around, wandering around after school looking for family,... read more

Waltja replacement culture car keeps communities strong

February 2016 The Waltja Tjutangku Palypapayi Aboriginal Corporation has received a replacement culture car to assist people to connect with culture across the Territory.“Waltja puts organisational savings into culture programs across a quarter of the NT and an... read more

End of Money Management Program – where to from here?

Commonwealth funding for the Money Management Program ended in December – Where can Aboriginal People living In remote communities get help with money problems now? Waltja Money Management service for remote communities ended on 31 December 2015 because the federal... read more

Defence Indigenous Development Program

Twenty eight inspiring students graduated from the Defence Indigenous Development Program (DIDP) and received their formal qualifications at the Institute’s Campus at Batchelor, Northern Territory. It will be a day to be remembered for a lifetime by graduates, their... read more


MacNews is the MacDonnell Regional Council staff newsletter and is published to keep our 400 staff members up to date across the 13 remote communities of this quarter million square kilometre council region. I hope you encounter this and future MacNews issues with... read more

State of reconciliation in Australia 2016

Twenty-five years after the establishment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (CAR), this report examines the state of reconciliation in Australia today. The report uses a five dimensional framework of reconciliation to measure and analyse Australia’s... read more

Leela Kruger’s Big Trip

ASPBAE Study Exchange on Adult Education and Lifelong Learning I’ve had the opportunity to travel to the Philippines for the first study exchange organised by the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education – http://www.aspbae.org). I have... read more

Reconnect to Education

Are you between the ages 12-18 years old… Are you from these 4 communities, Santa Teresa – Papunya – Mount Liebig – Titjikala Then Waltja Reconnect are around to talk school! We want to help you connect to Education! Waltja Reconnect works a... read more

White Ribbon Day, Ntaria Community Walk

“Waltja Directors are saying NO to family violence” Irene Nangala, Director Waltja Directors and staff went to Ntaria to stand up for this program and say ‘NO MORE’ to family and domestic violence. The day started with a street parade with all the school children.  We... read more

Mt Liebig celebrates Tidy Town win

After being named Territory Tidy Town at the recent awards ceremony, the MacDonnell Regional Council community of Mount Liebig is set to celebrate the best way they know how – around a barbeque with all their residents, National Tidy Town Judge Jill Grant, Minister... read more

Say No to Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is not just spousal violence, it also includes long standing family feuds, disputes and fighting within extended families. The community needs to work together to support not only the victims but also the offender, to give them the support to change.

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Willowra, Disability & Culture Trip

Jeannie Presley, Kay Williams, Peggy, Marilyn, Lucy and Leah Martin from Willowra enjoyed a relaxing outing to Pawu (Mt Barkly)-Lucy Nampintjimpa’s grandfather’s country. Once there, Lucy and Jeannie decided to stay in the shade under the tree whilst the others went... read more

Money Management at Yuendumu

Ngula kalu Waltja wardingki-patu yanirni yurntumu – kurra karnta-paturlu kajurlu payirni nyiya-ku ngurlaju-rlu yanurnu? Ngaju-karna jana wangkami ngula-ju yanurnu-rlu yungunku helpi-man keycarddi-ki maninjaku nyuntu-ku manu kurdu-kurdu-ku. Manu Kajikangku tala-ku... read more

Ngkwarley! / Sugarbag!

Ngkwarley! Arternem ngkwarl renh. Kel inpem pelekan-warl. Ampek akngeynem. Anthey-alpem. Ampel arlkwem. Antherrem rernem. Sharemilerrem ngkwarl. Angayakw-rnem. Amern-then arlkwem rernem. Anaty. Alakenh. Apmer-warl alpemel akngeyneyel. Alakenhaym anantherr angkeyelan... read more

Batchelor Institute hosts Elders Visiting Program

Batchelor Institute is pleased to host the Elders Visiting Program that is working with the Northern Territory Department of Correctional Services (NTDCS) and various other Northern Territory Government agencies to reduce recidivism in NT communities. Despite... read more

Human Rights Declaration now in Pintupi-Luritja

Yara Tina Ngaatjanya Yananguku Tjukarurrulpayi Liipula Nyinanytjaku Mingarrtjuwiya Shelia Joyce Dixon and Lance MacDonald from Papunya have been busy translating the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights into Pintupi-Luritja. It is the first time that this... read more

Titjikala Artists make Costumes for the Aboriginal Choir

Many women from Central Australian choirs went to Germany for the Desert Song Boomerang Tour in June 2015. Choir members were from Titjikala, Ntaria, Areyonga, Mutitjulu, Docker River, Amata and also Mission Block in Alice Springs. Titjikala Arts Centre made the... read more

Grandmother’s stories – Mt Liebig

The Grandmother’s Stories project supports transmission of Aboriginal cultural knowledge by Aboriginal women in Central Australia to younger generations. During our visit to Mt Liebig, Regional Council staff asked us about the project.We explained the aims of the... read more

CASSE Men’s Tjilirra Movement

Changing minds, saving lives.
The Men’s Tjilirra Movement was established to secure the future for the custodians of the world’s longest continuing culture.

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Areyonga Celebrates Elders

Waltja Directors have put Waltja savings into support for culture activities on each community. Areyonga ladies asked for a camp-out for the elders. They wanted to celebrate the old people, and to help them to teach young people about culture. Iria visited Areyonga to... read more


Isobel Gorey decided to invite all the Papunya Tjupi ladies to her country for an artists’ camp. Bush trip to Karinyarra with Papunya Tjupi and Waltja – here’s the video

Karrinyarra from Waltja on Vimeo.

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Money Management program ends

Waltja Money Management service for remote communities finished from 1st January because the federal government has closed down funding for Financial Capability and Well-being programs nation-wide. Waltja has successfully provided Money Management services to 9 remote... read more

Ltyentye Apurte School Camp

Waltja supported Ltyentye Apurte School to run a Camp at Arltunga. Waltja provided two troopies and swags for all the students. Waltja staff members: Reconnect worker Allan O’Dea and Family Mental Health Worker Charles Tako, worked with the teachers and elders to run... read more

Director’s Meeting AGM and Special General Meeting

Waltja Directors and members came in to Alice Springs for two days of meetings on the 4th and 5th of November. Ladies came from Utopia, Engawala Santa Teresa, Titjikala, Laramba, Yuelamu, Willowra, Yuendumu, Nyirrpi, Kintore, Mt Liebig, Papunya.  Areyonga,... read more

Thank You Outgoing Directors

Waltja says THANK YOU to Margaret Campbell and Mia Mulladad who were Executive Directors from 2014 to 2015. MARGARET CAMPBELL It has been really good for me being Executive Director, coming to meetings with the other Executive members and with Sharijn, and knowing... read more

Executive Directors 2015-16

April Martin Irene Nangala Isobel Gorey Sharon Scrutton Wendy Brown The Executive Directors meet 4 times a year. They are responsible for setting direction and making decisions about projects and programs. They work more closely with the full range of Waltja’s... read more

From the manager

Welcome to Edition 60 of Family News, By the time you are reading this we will be only weeks away from Xmas and the start of 2016. The past year has been one of our most challenging but also rewarding. The Directors made some huge decisions and used the money from... read more

Santa Teresa Waltja Culture Camp

People sat down together and made a plan for a camp. They wanted a camp for elders to pass on knowledge and connect young people to country and culture. They wanted photos and a movie to be shared with the Santa Teresa community.

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Troop Carrier for sale

2012 V8 Turbo Diesel Toyota Land cruiser Troop carrier Selling for: $39,800 Only 65,000 Km Full service record, well-maintained, extremely low km for a diesel engine. Extras include bull bar, spotlights, snorkel, roof rack, tow bar, 1 spare tyre, fire extinguisher,... read more

Wendy Brown – speech at NDS Conference

Wendy Brown spoke about Yuendumu Old People’s Program. YOPP helps people with a disability. We help with showering, transport, meals and medication.YOPP helps visitors too, if they come for sports, royalty meetings, ceremony. I am the chairwoman of YOPP. We have a... read more