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 62 appear below

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Kintore Community Western Desert festival

Ngananatju bible riitin-gitgka nyinangi Puulalawana yaalatji mankurrupa wiyakutju tjungurringu minyma , wati apa. Palunyatjanu yanu mangarriku BBC ngalkunytjaku,walypala tjutangkuya kutjanu yanangu walypalaku. The Gospel Weekend is about everyone coming together as...

Charmaine Ingram- ABC Open Producer, Alice Springs

Charmaine was a former journalist and presenter in Brisbane and Sydney. She’s worked for the 7:30 NSW report, Lateline and is now working in Central Australian communities as an Open Producer. Her role allows her to teach media in remote communities as well as tell...

Kapaliku Ngurra Yirritinguru Kintore Film

Waltja is proud to support people to keep culture strong so stories keep going on to the next generations. This past year we had some funding to work with ladies in Kintore. We are happy to share with you the video that was made at a women’s rock hole near Kintore...

Indigenous Governance Winners

Exciting news for the Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Aboriginal Corporation (The Purple House) who have won the Indigenous Governance Award! This Awards was first established in 2005 by Reconciliation Australia and BHP Billiton to acknowledge good Indigenous...

Waltja’s Culture Plan

Waltja Directors have worked hard with consultant Susan Lee to prepare a plan for a cultural tourism social enterprise at our new place to the east of Alice Springs. We spent one day on the new property talking about our vision, what we would like to offer to...

CASSE PROGRAM- Creating a Supportive and Safe Environment

CASSE is a not for profit organisation and since 2011 they have had a partnership with Alice Springs Congress. They have helped set up small organisations like the men shed through Congress called Ingkintja. They have also been working with the Royal Flying Doctors...

Sand goannas

Sand goannas are tough survivors around the central desert region. They are active predators and can even catch and eat scorpions! Their constant tongue flicking during hunting allows them to detect the scent of hidden or buried prey. The females often lay their eggs...

NT Correctional Centre Graduates Up 141%

The latest round of graduation ceremonies at correctional facilities in the Northern Territory has brought the total number of incarcerated students obtaining educational certificates this year to 181 across Darwin and Alice Springs, representing an 141.33% increase...

Fabric Dyeing and Sewing Workshops

Waltja employed Emma Williamson to run workshops at the Aged and Disability Festival at Ross River campground as well as in the Mt. Liebig and Finke remote communities. Emma took all the supplies and sewing machines with her so that everything was available on the...

First eye-popping experience of a town!

Alice Springs was 27 broad smiles richer just before Christmas. An excited mob of Mount Liebig School children arrived on a Centre Bush Bus to enjoy the town’s hot spots. For some, it was their first eye-popping experience of a town larger than their own community of...

Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS – Yellow Shirts)

The RSAS team is here to help with issues related to school attendance. The RSAS team understands that it is sometimes hard to get kids to school. The team works with students, parents, school staff and community members to help all kids get to school. The RSAS team...

Collecting Ininti seeds at Laramba

Waltja staff supported a group of older people in Laramba to go on a bush near their community. We were looking for ininti seeds from the bat wing coral tree. The group had reported that there was a “big mob of ininti seeds”. We stopped near a dry riverbed and just as...

Filming bush tucker stories with ABC OPEN

ABC staff are working with Waltja on the production of a bush food series to be broadcast on ABC Open at a future date. “Good time for bush tucker!” Community women agreed on a range of plants, animals and bush medicines to be filmed. Ampilatwatja ladies chose their...

Zachius Turner graduates Year 12

A young man from Mt Liebig community, Zachius Turner celebrated his Year 12 Graduation from Clontarf College in Perth, WA. Zachius is from a remote community in the Northern Territory called Mt Liebig. He is the first young man from his home community to complete his...

Congratulations to Lenny Hillman

Lenny works in Waltja’s Multimedia unit and enjoys working with cameras as well as video filming and editing. He was happy to do accredited training in Screen and Media because he wanted to learn more and to gain more skills for his personal and professional...

Beds for the Frail, Aged & People with a Disability

On behalf of the Elders in 16 very remote communities of Central Australia, Waltja made a request for funding to Centrecorp Foundation for the purchase of 200 bed bases, mattresses and waterproof covers. Centrecorp suggested that rather than purchasing the beds from...

Thank you to Donors- Aged and Disability Festival 2016

“We would like to thank you all for the donations. You were great! Together we raised $90,000. Without your donations the festival would not have happened”. * CGU Insurance Limited - Poche Centre for Indigenous Health * Viatek New South Wales Pty Ltd - Fred Hollows...

Aged & Disability Festival at Ross River Homestead

Everyone at the Festival experienced the generosity of the many sponsors, local businesses, staff and friends of Life Without Barriers and Waltja. “Like Waltja, we put a call out before the festival for items that could become gifts and prizes. Around 60 cartons of...

Aged and Disability Festival & Life Without Barriers

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...

2016 – 2017 Waltja Executive Directors/ Board of Directors

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...

From the Manager

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...

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