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
Our organisation Life Without Barriers, LWB, joined Waltja at the Ross River Campground for the 2016 Aged and Disability Festival week-long event. LWB staff from Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales attended the festival as volunteers to support the Waltja team...read more
April Martin was re-elected as our Chairperson at the AGM recognising the amazing contribution she made to Waltja during the past year. The five executive positions and the rest of the board members all hold positions on a voluntary basis. This means they give their...read more
Welcome to Edition 62 Waltja has been having an amazing time since our last magazine came out. Whenever we spend time with community members we always feel energized and refocused on why we work the way we do! Over the past few months Waltja has travelled to 15 of the...read more
Our diary covers make a great gift for local organisation. Come into 3 Ghan road or you can purchase them...read more
Waltja and friends went on a day trip to clay pans for a bbq. The weather was perfect and the clay pans were pristine after the recent rain here in Alice Springs, Central Australia. We had damper, kangaroo tail, sweet potato, potato and salad. Irene Nangala, Waltja’s...read more
Waltja Tjutaku Ngurra nyuwana Yanangupa, Walpala tjungurrikula wangkanytjaku. Yaaltji Yaaltji yanangungku palyani Nintirrinytjaku - learning Yara tjakultjungkutjaku - Sharing Stories Kulintjaku - Listening Nyaakunytjaku - Learning Culture Nyanpitjaku - Dancing Ngaatja...read more
Strong Girls program participants Maria Kypreos, Iesha Poyner-Gambley, Celina Lloyd, Marmie Bowen, Cylest O’Keefe and Natalie Maymuru attended the Indigenous Women’s Leadership and Economic Development Forum. The gathering was for Indigenous women to listen, to talk...read more
Kapaliku ngurra yirritinguru (Our Grandmother ancestors have been here forever) is a community-based arts project working with Aboriginal people in Kintore through workshops with Senior Women Elders and young women.read more
It has been a very busy for the Family Mental Health Team! Firstly the team would like to welcome Sylvana Marks from Finke as the new Family Mental Health Community Worker. We are excited to have her as part of the team. Sylvana has been working closely with NPY...read more