News

  • Passing of Mr Darby

    It’s with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Mr Brian Darby in community today. Mr Darby was a senior culture man within community and a Director of Walangeri Ngumpinku.

    Mr Brian Darby with his partner Ruth

    We pass on our respects to his family.

  • Community meeting held to discuss COVID measures

    A community meeting was held at the store today, to inform community about the recent COVID-19 measures, including the mask mandate.

    The NT Police, Katherine West Health, and local community leader Wesley Campbell, all spoke to community to answer any questions they had and let them know about what was going on.

    A batch of masks are arriving on the truck tomorrow, which will be available through the store at cost price. The clinic is also supplying masks to those at risk.

  • Yarralin Community Store transitions to Community Management

    Last year, Victoria Daly Regional Council transferred the Yarralin Community Store to Walangeri Ngumpinku Aboriginal Corporation. We engaged AIG to assist us with the day-to-day management of the store, hiring Store Managers, and dealing with suppliers.

    It’s always been our dream to manage the store ourselves, within community. This is a dream that goes back twenty years, when the store was fully staffed by local Yarralin community members – including as Store Managers.

    After a lot of hard work, we’re on path to return to full community management. We’re pleased to announce the establishment of Kyang-Kyang Aboriginal Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walangeri Ngumpinku. Kyang-Kyang was created so that the store can operate under its own ABN and to make things easier when it comes to the reporting requirements for the store.

    Yarralin Community Store is now a registered business name of Kyang-Kyang Aboriginal Corporation.

    As of 1st November 2021, Kyang-Kyang has taken over the management of the Yarralin Community Store from AIG and Walangeri Ngumpinku. We’d like to thank AIG for assisting us with this process and working with us to help achieve our dream of a fully community operated store.

    Kyang-Kyang will now be responsible for hiring Store Managers, setting the pricing strategy, and dealing with suppliers. We’ve already engaged Carol & Gary Brown who are working with us as Transition Managers, while we advertise for ongoing Store Managers.

    We held a BBQ for community, to announce the transition locally, as well as to thank Andrew and Wendy who worked as relief managers during the transition to Kyang-Kyang. Thanks to the local Police who also helped out with the BBQ.

    After a lot of work, we’ve also been able to re-open the Take-Away, which has been closed for over 18 months. It’s great to have it open again and to see it already doing great and so well received by community. Thanks goes to Matt, our Take-Away Supervisor, who’s cooking up a storm.

    It’s been an exciting journey and we look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.

  • Work begins on Sandy Creek Culvert

    Work has begun on the culvert over Sandy Creek. This is a project that the Yarralin community have been pushing for, for several years now.

    It’s great to see work begin as Sandy Creek is the last creek before Yarralin that often cuts us off during the wet. Once it’s open, it will provide regular access to Yarralin through-out the wet and cut-down on road damage – particularly from community members driving back and forth to Sandy Creek, only to have to turn around because they can’t get through the creek.

    We’d like to thank the NT Government for their efforts in bringing this project to life.

  • Liquor Commission – Public Hearing in Yarralin

    The Liquor Commission held a Public Hearing in Yarralin in response to a letter Walangeri Ngumpinku sent Minister Fyles about alcohol issues in community.

    Members of community came along to talk about the issues with alcohol and discuss solutions, particularly around licensing restrictions.

    Community recognise the issues and know that licensing restrictions are just a small part of the overall picture, with activities needed to engage youth and young adults in community.

  • Economic Stimulus funding put to good use in Yarralin

    Like many businesses, we were hit hard by COVID-19 with a loss in revenue, especially from the Yarralin Motel. So it was good news when we were successful with an application for some of the Federal Government’s Economic Stimulus funding for Indigenous Businesses.

    The funding allowed us to undertake a range of projects at the Yarralin Motel, Yarralin Community Store, our office, and are helping us re-ignite our Ngarinyman Bush Soap products.

    The Yarralin Motel now boasts new vinyl floors – repairing damage from heavy rain over the years, and an all new gravel car park which will prevent visitors from having to walk through mud and water during the wet season.

    New commercial grade washing machines, linen, and storage cupboards have also been bought. These improvements will ensure the longevity of the motel and maintain ongoing employment opportunities for community.

    The Yarralin Community Store is benefitting from a new backup generator (the old one had stopped working many years ago) which will ensure food security for community in the event of power failures. The store carpark was also redesigned, allowing for safer parking of vehicles, and allowing more vehicles to be parked off the street.

    Other works at the store include an upgraded point of sale system, a new security system, fencing repairs to improve security, and two new display freezers which replaced old units that were malfunctioning.

    Ngarinyman Bush Soap will benefit from new soap moulds, additional soap base, and an advertising campaign to boost sales planned for later this year. You can find out more about Ngarinyman Bush Soap on our Facebook page.

    None of these improvements would have been possible without this grant funding which would have threatened long-term and ongoing job opportunities in the Yarralin community. Special thanks goes to the NLC and the Federal Government for the funding.

  • New housing completed in Yarralin

    GT Builders have been hard at work since October last year, completing several new homes in Yarralin community. As part of the Government’s housing program, the new brick houses include several duplexes which will help reduce over-crowding in community.

    As thank you to community, they also provided the school with a garden for growing fruits and vegetables, along with some tools to help out.

  • Road repaired

    We’re happy to report that the damage done to the Buchanan Highway over the wet has mostly been repaired. Travellers should note it is a gravel road and so care should always be taken to drive to the conditions. However, with no rain for several weeks, the roads are dry and the creeks and rivers are passable. The Dashwood crossing has also been re-opened.

  • Road Update – Buchanan Highway

    As we near the end of the wet season, travellers are advised the road between Timber Creek and Yarralin is in rough condition. With the big wet this year, rivers in some places are backed up which means rainfall can see creeks rise quickly.

    The road itself has multiple washed out areas, including some bridge damage at Surprise Creek (now repaired). Take it slowly (40 – 60km/h) – especially if you’re unfamiliar with the road – and expect to encounter puddles of water.

    The road is certainly 4wd only and those travelling to Yarralin are recommended to have a good set of mud tyres. The road between Sandy Creek and Yarralin itself is quite churned up and muddy. Pick what looks like the driest path, try and avoid the deeper ruts, and you should be fine.

    Sandy Creek itself has been up and down all season this year. If you do reach it and it’s too high (usually above 0.6 meters), you may wish to wait for the creek to drop before attempting crossing (although this may take a few hours, if not a day).

  • Yarralin Community Store going well

    AIG came out to see how our store was going today. Walangeri Ngumpinku contract AIG to manage our store. The visit included a walk-through of the store with Directors, and our new Managers Shannon and Jess, talking about the items on sale and identifying any issues.

    The visit included a clothing give away and BBQ for community members and concluded with governance training held at at our local office.

  • The wet season is here

    For those thinking of travelling to Yarralin by road for the next few months, you may wish to call ahead to make sure you can get here. Constant rain for the last 3 days has seen the rivers rise, with Sandy Creek crossing currently at 1.1M deep and flowing steadily. Attempting to cross is not recommended.

  • Samantha Campbell elected Chair at AGM

    Walangeri Ngumpinku are pleased to announce Samantha Campbell has been elected as Chair at our recent AGM and Board meeting held on the 1st December, delayed by a day due to sorry business.

    Serious faces all round at our 2020 AGM

    We congratulate Sam on her appointment and look forward to an exciting new year with all our elected Directors. John de Koning was also re-appointed as a non-Member Director, with the Board welcoming his advice and input.

    Our newly elected Directors are as follows:

    • Samantha Campbell (Chair)
    • Selina Campbell (Deputy Chair)
    • Brian Pedwell
    • Brian Darby
    • Colin Campbell
    • Wesley Campbell
    • Johnny Dan
    • Sharatine Campbell
    • John de Koning (non-Member Director)

    We also held a meeting to discuss the creation of Kyang-Kyang Aboriginal Corporation. A subsidiary that will look after our Yarralin Community Store. The following members were elected to be the inaugural Directors of Kyang-Kyang:

    • Selina Campbell (Chair)
    • Johnny Dan (Deputy Chair)
    • Sharatine Campbell
    • Wesley Campbell
    • Brian Darby

    The Board are also pleased to announce that Martin Schahinger has been appointed the CEO of Kyang-Kyang. There will be a lot of work as we transition the Yarralin Community Store from Walangeri Ngumpinku and over to Kyang-Kyang, but this structure will provide us with a clear separation for accounts and other purposes.

  • Ngarinyman Bush Soap returns to production

    Ngarinyman Bush Soap is a local business venture started with some grant funding a few years ago. Local community harvest wild native plants and turn them into soap and other body care products. With the support of Walangeri Ngumpinku, the soap is now re-entering production.

    Photos above show harvesting Dimilan and Bardigi plants,
    our soap labels, and the finished soaps.

    Each different variety of soap has a natural and unique colour and smell and has: No SLS, SLES, Palm Oil, and is Stearic Acid free. We’re currently working with Tanya Egerton of Circulanation about taking production to the next level.

    We hope to have pricing, ordering details, and other information available soon. For now, you can follow us on Facebook.

  • NLC visit town

    The NLC visited community today to talk about a number of upcoming leases and section 19 applications for Yarralin.

    Later that day, they joined our Board meeting to discuss the community’s interest in township leasing.

  • Voting in community

    It’s voting time again, with polling officials setup at our community store today.

    A steady stream of voters has been going through all morning. The polling booth will be open until 1 pm, before moving onto the next remote community.

  • Community Store transitions to Community Ownership

    The local community store at Yarralin returned to community ownership today. From now, owned by Walangeri Ngumpinku Aboriginal Corporation, representing the Yarralin community and managed by AIG.

    You can watch some of the speeches from today below.

    Chair of Walangeri, Brian Pedwell talks about our community shop.

    We’d like to thank everyone involved, especially Victoria Daly Regional Council and the team from AIG – Steve, Dominic, Carol, and our new Store Managers Scott and Hine, who all worked hard to make the transition happen. Not forgetting One Tree Community Services who provided the salad.

    The CEO of Vic Daly, and CEO of AIG address the crowd.

  • AGMP run management structure workshop in Yarralin

    Laurie and Wes from the Aboriginal Government Management Program came to community today to meet the Board and help us with decisions around our management structure.

    Brian Pedwell joined us via Video Conference
    The Board in discussion

    We’ve been using video conferencing during the COVID-19 lockdown, which allowed AGMP to run some workshops in April focussed on understanding financial reports.

    Today was about Walangeri Ngumpinku taking over management of the community store. Laurie and Wes worked with the Board to help us understand our options and make the choice that is right for Walangeri.

    We’d like to thank Laurie and Wes and the team from AGMP.

  • Katherine West Health discuss COVID-19 with community

    Katherine West Health visited community today to talk to community about COVID-19.

    They spoke about the actions they were taking, including stopping travel to community for anyone who had been overseas until they’re sure they’re safe. They also discussed the importance of:

    • Washing your hands with soap,
    • If you are sick, stay home away from other people
    • Cough into your elbow or a tissue, put your tissue straight into the bin and then wash your hands
    • Try to keep your hands away from your face.
    • Don’t share drinks or smokes.

    We thank them for coming to community and explaining the current situation.

  • COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Impact

    In order to reduce the impact of COVID-19, the NT Government is restricting all non-essential travel to Indigenous communities. It’s also recommended that any staff returning from international travel be self-isolated for 14 days away from community.

    These measures are put in place to protect vulnerable clients in our region and the broader NT, minimise transmission of COVID-19 and flattening the curve of cases so that our health service and the NT health services won’t become overwhelmed so quickly and we can better prepare for the work to come.

    Additional measures may be put in place as the situation develops. There are concerns that the virus’ impact in Indigenous communities may be severe due to a range of other existing health conditions.

  • Sandy Creek back to being passable

    With the passing of the recent cyclone and associated heavy rains, the water levels at Sandy Creek have dropped back to their usual low levels during the wet (< 100mm). While rain may still cause the creek to rise, it's expected travellers should have little trouble getting through Sandy Creek for the rest of the wet – pending any further cyclones or heavy rain warnings.


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