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 ASsoc. Professor Ruth McCausland and keenly supported by the Vice-Chancellor

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

Makrita Solitei & the Walgett waste audit team hard at work September 2018

In September Yuwaya Ngarra-li undertook an audit of Walgett's waste to progress our project to start-up a waste social enterprise. PhD candidate Makrita Tanayian Solitei from Wollongong Uni led the audit, ably assisted by Walgett Waste Station workers and Jess McDonald, Walgett Shire Council's Manager of Planning and Regulatory Services. DEG was supported in this activity by Netwaste. The audit gave us all insights into the work needed to improve the waste quality and the quantities of different materials currently going to landfill. Our next step is to prepare our business cases for the two social enterprises Yuwaya Ngarra-li aims to create (led by Dharriwaa Elders Group) which will reduce waste going to landfill and create jobs. Wins for the whole community we hope.