Women's leadership program, a new ranger team, guard of honour at the MCG - it's been a busy few months at KJ

Justin watson

The last five months have been very busy with many activities happening on and off country as well as two new programs starting.  The women's leadership began in May with 12 women involved in a two-day workshop in Newman.  Martu women have been eager to start their own leadership program to discuss issues that affect women and be able to build up their skills and confidence to more effectively and equally take part in community decisions and the mainstream world.

The second program that has started is the Kunawarritji ranger team.  The team have been out on a number of day trips and undertaken a successful vehicle recovery operation.  In community the rangers have worked on converting an old house into a ranger station.

The Jigalong rangers took the Jigalong School students out on country to learn about bilbies, assisted Trackcare with a well refurbishment and helped out with a medical evacuation from the Canning Stock Route.  The Parnngurr rangers have undertaken training, been involved in camel culling and both on-ground and helicopter burning.

The men's leadership team hosted eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth from the World Vision’s Young Mob youth leadership program on country and were invited to be the guard of honour for the Western Bulldogs vs Collingwood game at the MCG.

The Puntura-ya Ninti team have also been busy collecting a number of valuable oral history stories including a story about horse a called ‘Tampangalku’ and a jinker.  The team held two Kalyuku Ninti trips and a very successful helicopter mapping week locating a number of waterholes.