KJ is working with Martu to build strong, sustainable communities.



KJ is focused on three complementary objectives:

  •  to support Martu to look after culture and country;
  •  to build a viable economy in Martu communities; and
  •   to build pathways for young Martu to a healthy future.

These goals flow from a strongly-held philosophy, which values the centrality of culture in people’s lives.  Culture is seen as the wellspring of identity, of confidence and of strength.  This is as true for communities as it is for individuals.

Martu culture does not stand still.  It is still strongly built on jukurrpa.  But the ways that people live are different now to pujiman days.  Martu live in the dynamic environment of communities, and deal with the mainstream world.  But this doesn’t mean that they have lost their culture.

Culture affects what people value, how they make decisions, how people work together, how they live.  Martu culture is not mainstream culture – it has its own strengths and its own methods.

The more that Martu build an economic base that is consistent with the society they want, the more strongly they will be able to make decisions about their future.  The more they depend on Government, the less strength they will have.

So, KJ aims to build a viable, independent economy for Martu communities.  But it must be one that is Martu-focussed and works well with Martu culture and society.  Only with this combination will the communities be sustainable.


KJ’s objectives are achieved by working in a manner that is Martu-focussed and recognises and reinforces Martu values.  The core principles by which KJ operates can be summarised as:

  • Partnership – Martu and non-Martu working together as equals, with complementary skills and knowledge.
  • Building – Creating the future that Martu people want, that strengthens Martu society and engages confidently and effectively with mainstream society.
  • Participation – By building a culture of participation in Martu communities, individual Martu will be supported and strengthened.
  • Realism – Taking account of the real pressures and politics and realistic timeframes within which change can occur.
  • Reflection – Combining action with reflection, to learn as we go.
  • Honesty – Talking and dealing straight with each other, with Government and with others.
  • Respect – Martu and non-Martu can work strongly together if they respect each other and act with respect towards each other.