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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.

Stories from Family News 59 appear below – July 2015

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Making Animal Wood carvings in Utopia

Traditionally people in Utopia carve tools and ceremonial objects such as coolamons, clapping sticks, shields and spears. Since the 1970s and the 1980s people have also carved birds, animals and images of people to sell to tourists. These carvings have been recognised...

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The joy of singing

Arrkanala lyilhitjika (Western Arrernte for ‘the joy of singing’) Many Waltja members love to sing. Members of local community choirs from Areyonga, Titjikala, Ntaria, Mutitjulu and Docker River have been coming together over the past few years to sing at events like...

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Theresa Ross- Aboriginal Interpreter Services

Theresa assists Warlpiri-speaking clients. She does the Warlpiri news  for ABC Radio. Information about the Aboriginal Interpreter Service (AIS) is now available online in 17 different languages. The AIS has eight offices located across the NT, with 258 Aboriginal...

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Suicide Story

The Family Mental Health Support Service Community Workers Matthew Alice, Anne-Marie McMillan, Jeanette Ungwanaka and Clarissa Young went to Suicide Story training that is run by MHACA (Mental Health Association of Central Australia). Suicide Story is training that...

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Hello from Waltja’s Money Management Workers

Hello from Waltja’s Money Management Workers We would like to say thank you to all the communities we visited Titjikala, Yuendumu, Mt Liebig, Wilora, Nyirripi, Yuelamu and Laramba. Everyone looked after us and made us feel welcomed. We were able to help a lot of...

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Jessica’s Kindness

Jessica Muir grew up surrounded by kindness in her hometown of Alice Springs. She owes her kind personality to her parents and siblings nurturing. You can tell she is down to earth by the way she looks at the world and the gentle look on her everyday face. Jessica is...

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Filming with ABC Open

Filming with ABC Open ‘Makers and creators’ project As part of our training with Charmaine Ingram and Naithan Wiles from ABC Open, the multimedia team and Jane Clark filmed Irene Nangala painting a Diary cover for ABC Open’s ‘Makers and creators’ project. When we...

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Shanya Arabie studying year 12

Shanya came to us half way through 2014 from the Papunya Community, 240 km northwest of Alice Springs. Coming to a new town and school, meeting new people and starting a high school certificate are all big challenges but Shanya settled in straight away. She has...

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Year 12 schooling

Anthea Joe- Meriden High School Anthea is currently studying for her Higher School Certificate in Sydney. She is studying English, GeneraI Mathematics, Aboriginal Studies, Visual Arts and Geography. She has been studying at Meriden, an independent girls school, since...

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Training with ABC Open

Photography, Journalism and video filming Charmaine Ingram and Naithan Wiles from ABC Open have been teaching Waltja’s Art and Publications/ Multimedia team about photography, journalism and video filming. This training was organised by Jane Clark to give the...

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Waltja Disability Services

Waltja’s Disability Services In Papunya, Engawala, Laramba and Willowra we can help can help people with a disability to: Get the help you want or need from a clinic, women centre, government disability mob, and other services. Stay independent Connect with culture...

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Dion Beasley ‘Cheeky Dogs’

Special book for Princess Charlotte Well known Tennant Creek artist Dion Beasley completed a one-off ‘Cheeky Dogs’ sketch as a special gift for Princess Charlotte from England. The N T Government commissioned Dion, the illustrator of the very popular ‘Too Many Cheeky...

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Patrick Tjungurrayi- Beyond Borders

The launch of Patrick Tjungurrayi's book: Beyond Borders Patrick Tjungurrayi is revered throughout the Western Desert for his strength in Aboriginal Law, feted in the art-world for the originality and power of his paintings, and respected everywhere for his stand...

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Waltja’s Family Mental Health Program

Waltja’s Family Mental Health team work in Finke, Santa Teresa and Titjikala to help families who are worried for their children and teenagers. Young people might have problems and get upset or depressed or angry and they might stop going to school. Waltja workers...

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Sharing our grandmother’s stories

Laramba Waltja arranged a campout with ladies from Laramba Community. We camped out in a lovely creek bed near Emu Waterhole. Seven young girls also attended this campout from Laramba. It was very cold but we kept warm around the campfire. Everyone ate heaps of...

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Making tapping sticks and spears at Titjikala

With elders Sammy Campbell & Dixon Douglas Waltja’s Reconnect program did a bush trip with the young fellas of Titjikala. A big thank you to community elders Sammy Campbell and Dixon Douglas for sharing their skills and cultural ways with the young fellas of...

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Traditional Tools Life Tools (Tjiliarra Project)

This project is funded by CASSE (Creating Safe Supportive Environment) delivered at 4 Aboriginal communities, Haasts Bluff, Mt Liebig, Kintore and Papunya in far west of the Northern Territory. The project helps Aboriginal people in the here and now to understand the...

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Pinarra Aku Children Language Program

Pinarra Aku is a new children’s language radio show, teaching Warumungu language. Rosemary and Kathy have been making songs together and teaching language since 2011. They decided to make Pinarra Aku to educate young children and help keep their indigenous language...

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Remembering our story

Remembering our story It’s 2015 and Waltja is soon to be 18 years old, and this is the 59th edition of Family News. It is a good time to look back and remember our story as well as look forward to our journey together through this coming year. Here are three different...

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Message From Waltja

Written by Irene Nangala Yilta ngaatja panya nyaatjarra wankanyi project-tjarra. Government-tangku kunyu mantjini malaku mani. Nganana yunpa nganampa warrkana tjuta palyakutu warrkarrintjaku. Yuwa nganana nyaanganyi pira nyuwana pakaningka. Nganana wangkanyi. Nganana...

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Chambers Pillar bush trip

Titjikala ladies Margaret Campbell and Hazel Ungwanaka decided to go on a hunting trip, they wanted to gather bush medicine plants and wood for carving. They invited Janie Wells to come along. It was a very hot but great day with the ladies telling stories about...

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Managers Report

It’s hard to believe we have made it this far to nearly 60 editions and 18 years of Waltja this October! Some people tell us they have past copies of Family News with photos of themselves when they were young children, that they now show their own families. Family...

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Chairperson’s Report

This past year with Waltja has been really good. We had things happening like buying a bush block with buildings on it, with a good size house and lots of trees. We will be planning a small tourism venture for that place so we can raise money for our old people and...

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Working hard on Family News

The next edition of Family News magazine is being prepared by the media unit and will be published next week.  The Media Unit have been working hard making sure it is an entertaining, bright and informative publication.  There will be reports from the manager and the...

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