Fay Sands, Gladys Walford (DEG directors) and Chris Celovic (NWLLS) launch the walking tracks with a bottle 4 June 2015 Walgett.

DEG's latest community development initiative, the Walgett Walking Tracks project, was completed and launched 4 June 2015. Maps for the tracks and signs are available from this website.

DEG's WW1 commemoration ceremony outside its premises in main street Walgett 24 April 2015

Dharriwaa Elders Group held a special ceremony with school students and community to commemorate WW1 and remember the contribution of Walgett Aboriginal men who served in that conflict, on Friday 24 April 2015.

Gladys Walford & Clem Dodd take teachers on a native vegetation walk beside the Namoi River at Walgett

DEG was pleased to be engaged by the Walgett Community College for the first time to welcome teachers to Walgett in April 2015.

the February 2015 Freedom Ride march Walgett

Rachel Perkins, Sydney University and NSW Aboriginal Land Council organised with the Walgett community a series of activities on the 19th February to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Ride visit to Walgett.

workshop participants at Narran Lakes 9 October 2014

The Dhuningarraay-gal dhiyaan dhiirali (old people teach family) project is the most recent DEG community development project to receive short-term support by Dept of PM&C.

NSW State Library visits DEG

Dharriwaa Elders Group met with the Indigenous Unit of the NSW State Library to renew DEG's role as that institution's Walgett Aboriginal community interface,

DEG trials tool for MDBA

DEG hosted a meeting in September 2014 with the Aboriginal unit of the Murray Darling Basin Authority ("MDBA") to find out about its Cultural Health Index tool

Santa brings a laugh to DEG

The Dhuningarraay-gal dhiyaan dhiirali (old people teach family) project finished in December 2014 with a celebration and presentation

Historian Michael Bennett and workshop participants 30 October 2014

The Dhuningarraay-gal dhiyaan dhiirali (old people teach family) project is about restoring and renewing belonging and identity, cultural pride and a thirst for ongoing learning.

workshop visit to Dungalear 10 October 2014

The Dhuningarraay-gal dhiyaan dhiirali (old people teach family) project took community members to visit places of significance to Walgett families in 2014.

workshop visit to Angledool 29 September 2014

The Dhuningarraay-gal dhiyaan dhiirali (old people teach family) project took community members to visit places of cultural significance to Walgett families.

workshop visit to sacred mound springs September 2014

The Dhuningarraay-gal dhiyaan dhiirali (old people teach family) project resumed in September 2014, this time led by Project Officer Jodi-ann Hunt.

Dharriwaa Elders Group completed Part 1 of its first Dhuningarraaygal Dhiyaan Dhiirali (Old People Teaching Family) 12-session project on 5 August 2013 with a graduation ceremony for the year 9 and 10 student participants witnessed by Elders, parents and community. The project allowed DEG to provide knowledge about family relationships and other key cultural identity matters including the families’ relationships to places of high Aboriginal cultural value near Walgett. A range of Aboriginal women spoke of their lives and careers. DEG aims to support families to achieve better education outcomes for their girls.

Part 2 of the Dhuningarraay-gal dhiyaan dhiirali (old people teach family) project enabled students and parents from the Walgett Community College to visit Sydney in November 2013 to expand their knowledge and continue researching Walgett Aboriginal cultural information. The group stayed at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence at Redfern and was introduced to career and lifestyle goals available in the cultural sector in Sydney. A highlight of the trip was when the students were interviewed live on "Young Black and Deadly" Koori Radio program (pictured at left). 

Dharriwaa Elders Group <a href="/downloads/DEGprotocolsfinalapril11.pdf">protocols for Welcomes conducted in Walgett</a> were endorsed by the Walgett Gamilaraay Aboriginal Community Working Party in 2011.

The Dharriwaa Elders Group is battling to keep operating due to ever-reducing Commonwealth funding, and the difficulty of earning income from enterprise in a disadvantaged remote community. We remain hopeful that Commonwealth and NSW governments will recognise the value of this Aboriginal community organisation's contributions to Walgett's future and to the success of government objectives.


Kirsten Thorpe (left) from the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Data Archive with DEG's Speaker Tim Creighton and historian Heather Goodall with returned materials


 Aboriginal archivist Kirsten Thorpe, first met DEG when she was working with NSW State Records in 2004. Kirsten travelled to Walgett in October 2010 to discuss DEG's relationship with the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Digital Archive. DEG offered its services as a Walgett digital community interface with cultural institutions and researchers. In September 2011 Kirsten Thorpe presented a co-authored paper with DEG about the relationship between ATSIDA and DEG, to the AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference 2011 “Kirsten Thorpe and the Dharriwaa Elders Group: Connecting digital research data and communities: ATSIDA & the Dharriwaa Elders”. In February 2012, DEG’s Speaker Tim Creighton travelled to Sydney to meet historian Heather Goodall at ATSIDA to receive copies of the recordings Ms Goodall had made of Walgett during her research for "Invasion to Embassy". In April 2013 DEG returned copies of the recordings to senior representatives of the families of the recordings subjects, and obtained obstructions from their families for how the recordings may be accessed in the future.