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Waltja is an incorporated Aboriginal Association based in Alice Springs. Our aim is to provide support services to families on remote communities throughout the region. Our objectives include the addressing of social, emotional and well-being issues including substance abuse, child protection, violence, health and safety. We seek to assist the communities in developing a capacity for self-management and self-determination.

Our 36-page colour magazine The “Family News” is produced approximately five times per year and is distributed free of charge to all communities in our region. The “Family News” not only gives the communities an outlet for their news and a voice for their concerns; it provides a means of effectively disseminating vital information on the issues affecting community life.

The “Family News” is a resource for remote families who often have trouble accessing the services and facilities that most people in the Territory take for granted. Naturally funding for a project like this is always a problem.

Here are some stories from Family News 57, Sept 2014.

FN57 The Waltja Way

Manager's Report September 2014 - Family News 57 The last few months have been incredibly busy for Waltja! We have been finishing some of our programs and writing up reports for them. It’s also been the time to write submissions to secure some new program funding....

FN57 Budgerigars at Willowra

Not only are trees home for Ininti seeds but also for young budgies hatching. Maisie was not shy to climb up a huge gum tree and use the axe to get closer. A big mob of young budgies was shared around a campfire to the budgerigar story and song. [gallery...

FN57 Strong Families

Sept 2014 The Waltja Disability program (workers Hannah and Iria) visited Ampilatwatja. We worked with one boy and his whole family to visit a special waterhole, sit under the trees, and collect bush honey. We also visited the school together, read picture books and...

FN57 Waltja is Recognised for good Governance

Sept 2014 Waltja is a finalist in the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards (IGA). Reconciliation Australia, with BHP Billiton, runs the Indigenous Governance Awards every two years to celebrate and tell all Australians about strong Indigenous governance. This year 113...

FN57 Money Management

Sept 2014 Recently Waltja had their Directors meeting at Ross River. The Money Management team presented two workshops. The first workshop we did was shopping within a budget. There were five groups and everyone had $150.00 to spend at the pretend shop. The shop had...

FN57 Profile of Zachius Turner from Mount Liebig

Look at who is doing Year 11 at Yirara College! Look at the awesome awards this young man has achieved in the first term back at school. There have been so many opportunities for Zachius Turner while he has been attending school. He has the opportunity to do a school...

FN57 Family Mental Health Support Services

Sept 2014 Waltja has a new program called “Family Mental Health Support Service.” We work with Titjikala, Santa Teresa and Finke communities. This program helps families who are worried for their children’s and teenagers’ mental health. We all want our children to...

FN57 Arlparra Football Carnival

  Arlparra hosted a football carnival July 19-13. Over ten teams and their supporters travelled from countries all around the Sandover, Plenty and Anmatjere area. The home team made the most of the...

FN57 From the Directors

Sept 2014 Waltja holds at least three meetings a year with our Directors and members. This is for planning and to talk about our organisation and programs to run on communities. During May there was a big Directors meeting with lots of members travelling in to attend....

FN57 Ininti seeds at Willowra

Waltja’s Kaltjaku (for culture) program travelled to Willowra in April this year. It was a good season for collecting Ininti (batwing coral) seeds and the women found a big mob of trees on country. High up in...

FN57 Cultural Week

Waltja held an exciting Cultural Week at the Ross River camp grounds. Women came from Kintore, Mt Liebig, Papunya, Yuendumu, Nyirrpi, Yuelamu, Laramba, Willowra, Wilora, Ti Tree, Engawala, Bonya, Titjikala, Santa Teresa, and Areyonga. Young women attended with their...

FN57 Money Management

Hi Family News readers. Leela and I travelled to Mt Liebig from the 19th to the 21st of May for Money Management Business. We had a great time with Mt Liebig mob, doing the workshop and talking about how to make money last till next pay, and opening bank accounts. A...

FN57 Mediation Training for Waltja Directors

Sept 2014 Mediation is a way to solve conflict, through listening to both sides and helping people on both sides to understand each other and respect each other. It is good just for one or two people, or for families or even for whole communities if there is teasing...

FN57 Grandmothers Stories

Our Visit to Utopia Waltja visited Utopia and camped with a group of old ladies near Arnkawenyerre (a small homeland also known as Rocket Range). The ladies painted on canvas, depicting body paint designs, bush medicines, bush food dreamings, and place dreamings from...

FN57 Youth Worker Mentoring Project

Waltja’s youth worker mentoring project has supported our Reconnect program in Papunya, Mt Liebig, Titjikala and Santa Teresa. The mentoring project has provided lots of training and work experience for community members who would like to learn about jobs in youth...

FN57 Daily life of working in admin at Waltja

Jessica Muir interviews Lauren Fyfe about what it means to be an administration officer/receptionist! What do you like about being a Waltja worker? What I like the most is learning new things, meeting new people, answering phone calls and paying tax invoices. What...

FN57 Congratulations Roger Wilyuka

Congratulations to Batchelor Institute Indigenous student and educator Roger Wilyuka - recognised at the Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards 2014 Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education would like to congratulate Indigenous student and Titjikala...

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