About

Our Story

Founded in 1992, Walangeri Ngumpinku represents Traditional Owners and Aboriginal peoples residing in the township of Yarralin. Part of the Victoria River Downs Station and called Gordon Creek Station until 1975, Yarralin (also known as Walangeri) is a small town situated on the banks of the Wickham River, close to the Victoria River.

Ngarinyman people are strongly represented in Yarralin, as well as Mudburra, and Bilinara people. Ngarinyman and English are the main languages spoken in this region.

In 1972 the Ngarinyman people walked off the Victoria River Downs Station – just as their Gurindji countrymen did in 1966 – and after a 40 year long battle, the land was handed back to the Ngarinyman Yarralin people in June 2016.

Our purpose is to:

  • alleviate the significant levels of unemployment within the Yarralin community,
  • raise the standard of living by equipping our community with the skills and opportunities to build appropriate homes and other structures,
  • strengthen and promote the well-being of traditional culture,
  • gain access to quality services in the areas of health, education, essential services, law, and social services,
  • manage the land of our region to help ensure the health, viability, and enjoyment of that land,
  • become self-supporting and able to manage our own affairs in order to determine our own future,
  • operate the Yarralin Community Store to the benefit of the Yarralin community,
  • manage and govern the corporation to benefit all members of the corporation,
  • invest in business opportunities that will help us grow,
  • expand the corporation, to deliver more services that benefit the community and people of Yarralin.

Sun & Moon Dreaming

Our Logo is the Sun & Moon Dreaming and was developed back in the time of the Walangeri Ngumpinku Community Government Council.

The Sun Dreaming starts at Galawuita (Sandy Creek) and from there goes to the table-top hill, up Sandy Creek and on the plains. It tells the story of the Flying Fox’ trying to fly through the area but it was too hot, so they split in half. Half went to Yundari, a rock hole near the Fitzroy Station. The other half went to Judbarra (Gregory National Park).

As the sun travelled overhead it burnt the landscape, then buried itself into a tree, before travelling to another billabong (behind the airstrip) where it tried to bury itself but it was too small, so it travelled to the Crocodile Billabong. As it went, it dug a hold under ground and made its way to “B-Water”, where it went straight down, travelled under water and stopped near a gum tree and rock (the rock has gone now).

The Moon Dreaming comes from our neighbours the Lingari mob, and represents working together with nearby communities.