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Family News Edition 61 – Published August 2015

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.

What is Suicide?

“Suicide is when someone takes their own life”. No one really knows why someone decides to take their own life? One day they look happy and normal the next thing the shock of hearing bad news of suicide hits everyone. Suicide can happen to anyone. Its not something...

Italk

Recently at Waltja, Iria and Damien have taken part in training involving italk. The italk application allows organisations and people to communicate information to various communities through visual and spoken stories that are fun and educational. With italk, you are...

Future Indigenous Educators

With a desire to contribute to better educational outcomes for Aboriginal children in their communities, three students are aiming to become educators by undertaking the Batchelor of Education program. The program is being delivered at Batchelor Institutes Desert...

Waltja Worker- Iria Kuen

What is your role at Waltja? I am Waltja’s Emergency Relief Worker and I am also working for the Culture and Language Program. When did you start working at Waltja? I started working for Waltja in February 2014. What have you enjoyed so far about working at Waltja?...

Tjunguringanyi Project

“Joining Together” Be really proud of sharing your Stories while you are away from home” - Enhancing young people’s connection to community - Education - Sharing Ideas - Sharing Stories - Boarding Stories - Photos. It is great to get photos of young people receiving...

Many Hands

Sonja Dare who is Waltja’s Social Media worker was doing a short-term contract at Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra – Many Hands Art Centre. She was working at the art centre 4 days a week and 1 day at Waltja. Sonja went on a bush trip to Ormiston Gorge with some of the...

Second-hand Donations

Reconnect support communities by taking out second hand clothing for the young, old and elders who might not get to town very often. We often call on St Vinnies, Kmart and Salvos to see if they have any clothing or items that could be taken out bush. The second-hand...

Rain on the Sandover

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...

Lake Lewis Visits

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...

CLOSE THE GAP

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....

From the Manager

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,...

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