Waltja Aged & Disability Festival for Aboriginal people in Central Australia
October 3rd to 7th, 2016
The Aged and Disability Festival is a celebration and cultural exchange for Aboriginal elders and people with disability across Central Australia.
It is a great opportunity for cultural exchange and for active inclusion of old and young Aboriginal people who are often marginalized or excluded from cultural life due to limited mobility.
The Festival will be led by senior Aboriginal women, and will create inspiring good practice resources for Aboriginal communities and organisations working with Aboriginal elders and people with disability.
Dual Paralympic swimmer and twice gold medalist, Tracy Barrell, OAM has been named as the ambassador for the Waltja Aged and Disability Festival that will take place at the Ross River Resort campground, east of Alice Springs from 5th to 9th September. Read More
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.”
Latest News from Waltja
Waltja Directors ran a Cultural Orientation Workshop for Red Dust Role Models and Grant Thornton Future Leaders. This was run by Waltja’s Directors, who have their own cultural learning and cultural tourism business. The Waltja Directors and members who came were...read more
Storms clouds were building up and lots of rain fell over the Sandover including the areas of Utopia and Ampilatwatja. The country turned into a green food garden with lakes filling up on country and on roads! A great time for all the ladies tracking down animals and...read more
After being named Territory Tidy Town at last year’s NT awards ceremony, staff from MacDonnell Regional Council travelled to Toodyay in Western Australia to represent the Northern Territory in the Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Town Awards. National judge Jill Grant...read more
“ Food Shopping, rent and bills must come before gambling” Rachel, Charles and Allan from Waltja with community support workers Mathew and Jeanette and help Anne-Marie took young people out to Walkabout Bore. Santa Teresa and Tijikala asked to come on our camp to talk...read more
Laramba elders Lesley Stafford, Huckitta Lynch, Launce Campbell along with community members including some with a disability, had the chance to visit nearby Lake Lewis. Lake Lewis is a large salt lake located about 170 km north-west of Alice Springs. The lake is fed...read more
Benjamin Kenny works for Central Land Council as a Kaltukatjara Ranger Coordinator and is based out at Docker River. He is one of many Indigenous rangers working in the Central Australian region caring for country through conservation and land management. He is a firm...read more
Batchelor Institute’s Business VET program is helping young Aboriginal people in central Australia. In partnership with the Northern Territory Government’s Indigenous Employment Program, Batchelor Institute is delivering a Certificate II in Business to a group of 10...read more
Central Australian Aboriginal Congress held an open day for close the gap, “Indigenous health equality”. Most Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world, but this is not true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people....read more
Welcome to Edition 61, Winter is nearly over and although we all love a break from the heat it is also a hard time for our homeless and hundreds of people on low incomes. Keeping warm is a huge challenge and also raises the costs of living. Waltja’s emergency relief,...read more