Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

'Doing Good Work with Families'

In August we had the Director’s meeting with the Judges from Reconciliation Australia Indigenous Governance Awards. Professor Mick Dodson, Glenda Humes and Emma White asked us hard questions about Waltja, how Waltja is governed. They told us that Waltja was one of six finalists (Incorporated Finalists) in the Indigenous governance awards (the other two were None Incorporated).

Wendy, Rachel and myself flew with Kate to Melbourne and met the other finalists. We didn’t know we were winners until professor Mick Dodson announced the winner, which was us Waltja. The Prime Minister Mr Tony Abbott and Professor Mick Dodson presented the trophy to us.

In October we had our Director’s meeting at Yuelumu for two days and the elderly ladies from Yuelumu welcomed us. We had a great time and had a lot of fun. In November the Executive Directors had a meeting for two days.

We were invited by the Life without Barriers to meet and talk about the Partnership that we are making with them. We went to the NPY Women’s Council launch of their film about Domestic and Family Violence Service 20th Anniversary.

Merry Christmas to all the families and services and to Waltja staff.