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.

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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.”

2016 Executive Directors

Chairperson April Martin

Public Officer Isobel Gorey

Executive Member Irene Nangala

Executive Member Rachel Tilmouth

Executive Member Enid Gallagher

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Latest News from Waltja

CASSE PROGRAM- Creating a Supportive and Safe Environment

CASSE is a not for profit organisation and since 2011 they have had a partnership with Alice Springs Congress. They have helped set up small organisations like the men shed through Congress called Ingkintja. They have also been working with the Royal Flying Doctors...

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Sand goannas

Sand goannas are tough survivors around the central desert region. They are active predators and can even catch and eat scorpions! Their constant tongue flicking during hunting allows them to detect the scent of hidden or buried prey. The females often lay their eggs...

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NT Correctional Centre Graduates Up 141%

The latest round of graduation ceremonies at correctional facilities in the Northern Territory has brought the total number of incarcerated students obtaining educational certificates this year to 181 across Darwin and Alice Springs, representing an 141.33% increase...

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Neriman Kemal from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Recently paid a visit to Waltja.  She talked with Veronica about Tjutangku Tjukurrpa and said, "I'm spoiled for choice.  There is so much beautiful art work here."  She was very interested to...

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Fabric Dyeing and Sewing Workshops

Waltja employed Emma Williamson to run workshops at the Aged and Disability Festival at Ross River campground as well as in the Mt. Liebig and Finke remote communities. Emma took all the supplies and sewing machines with her so that everything was available on the...

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First eye-popping experience of a town!

Alice Springs was 27 broad smiles richer just before Christmas. An excited mob of Mount Liebig School children arrived on a Centre Bush Bus to enjoy the town’s hot spots. For some, it was their first eye-popping experience of a town larger than their own community of...

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Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS – Yellow Shirts)

The RSAS team is here to help with issues related to school attendance. The RSAS team understands that it is sometimes hard to get kids to school. The team works with students, parents, school staff and community members to help all kids get to school. The RSAS team...

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Collecting Ininti seeds at Laramba

Waltja staff supported a group of older people in Laramba to go on a bush near their community. We were looking for ininti seeds from the bat wing coral tree. The group had reported that there was a “big mob of ininti seeds”. We stopped near a dry riverbed and just as...

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Filming bush tucker stories with ABC OPEN

ABC staff are working with Waltja on the production of a bush food series to be broadcast on ABC Open at a future date. “Good time for bush tucker!” Community women agreed on a range of plants, animals and bush medicines to be filmed. Ampilatwatja ladies chose their...

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