Yuwaya Ngarra-li – ‘Vision’.CLD Centre Align

"The Dharriwaa Elders will lead a collaboration with UNSW and other supporters to grow our individual and community strengths and assets. We aim to restore a robust belonging to thriving families, community and country, while making our place in the nation and sharing our learning with other communities". Dharriwaa Elders Group, Walgett.

The purpose of Yuwaya Ngarra-li is for the Dharriwaa Elders Group (DEG) and UNSW to work in partnership to improve the wellbeing, social, built and physical environment and life pathways of Aboriginal people in Walgett through collaborating on evidence-based programs, research projects and capacity building, and to evaluate this model of CommUNIty-Led Development as a way of working with other Aboriginal communities.

Yuwaya Ngarra-li is an initiative that will promote two-way learning between Walgett's Dharriwaa Elders Group and a range of UNSW faculties, with long term academic leadership by Professor Eileen Baldry and keenly supported by Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs

Warning: Images of deceased persons may appear. Yuwaalaraay / Gamilaraay pronunciation guide.

micro farm launch Walgett 10 December 2020

In December 2020, Walgett celebrated the launch of Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service's water efficient micro-farm.

Community Development journal

This journal article explains why Dharriwaa Elders Group partnered with UNSW and what our aims are in the Yuwaya Ngarrali partnership. We are documenting our work and approaches as we proceed.


Food Security Crisis brought on by dry rivers

An overiew of the Dharriwaa Elders Group Food and Water 4 Life project that is being undertaken with Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service and UNSW through our Yuwaya Ngarrali partnership

Our June '22 Yuwaya Ngarrali Briefing Paper "Caring for Elders, Community and Culture"

Dry Namoi River at Walgett March 1999

What is floodplain harvesting? This story was prepared by Slattery and Johnson September 2020. See referenced version.

UNSW Impact Engineers Niall and Jasper installing new water-efficient garden beds and teaching Kim Sullivan and Bunjee Dennis as they will be establishing gardens as part of their AOD work.

Stage One of the works to create a water-efficient micro-farm at WAMS Community Garden has been completed.

Virginia Robinson & Clem Dodd meet Elders from indigenous nations who, like them, are working to improve water in their Countries.

DEG was introduced to the Stockholm International Water Institute by Yuwaya Ngarrali collaborator, Professor Greg Leslie


Dharriwaa Elders Group is RECRUITING.

Apply now! If you don't want to miss out you have to apply ASAP.

Food and Water for Life Project Officer,

The Namoi River at Walgett was allowed to dry for months in 2018 and 2019 – causing a food and water security crisis.

Walgett’s Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisations (“ACCOs”) call for National Food and Nutrition Strategy - full media statement