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.

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.

Earthworks were completed aided by a survey undertaken in August. Then 4 UNSW Engineering students with their Make-a-space Facilitator Mel Wimbourne travelled to Walgett in late September 2020. WAMS and UNSW made a special COVID plan for their visit and WAMS provided accommodation. While in Walgett the students demonstrated and constructed half of the poly tunnels shade structures and wicking beds. This enabled WAMS to complete Stage One of the garden project in the following weeks. Stage One is now complete so now Walgett has 48 wicking beds shaded by poly tunnels that will get us through the summer. This project is being undertaken by WAMS, DEG with YN collaborators - the UNSW Global Water Institute, and the Impact Engineers students, supported by the NSW Government’s “Increasing Resilience to Climate Change” program.