EON has come a long way since 2005. It has the practical grass roots Program that the founders envisaged, and this is operating successfully and is proven in 20 Indigenous communities in WA.
Kalumburu is situated on the banks of the King Edward River at the end of Malindjar Gorge. The prominent groups of the region are Gwini Wunambal, Gambera and Worrora peoples. Formerly the “Drysdale River Mission”, Kalumburu Mission was founded in 1908 with Kalumburu now represented by the Kalumburu Aboriginal Corporation Council. The community of Kalumburu currently numbers around 450 people and has a primary and junior high school, clinic, store, administration and Centrelink office.
There are 148 students at the school with some students relocated from Oombulgurri.
Woolah (Doon Doon)
Woolah Community is located approximately 300 metres off the Great Northern Highway. The turnoff to the community is about 120 km south of Kununnura. The Highway is sealed and is normally in good condition. The road crosses Donkey Creek which can sometimes be impassable in the wet periods. The community was established as part of Doon Doon Station in the mid 1970’s with people from Turkey Creek and Kununurra who are predominantly of the Gidja group.
The community has most of the essential facilities and amenities including a school, Dawul Community School, with a total of 25 students (100% Aboriginal population).
Warmun is located on the Great Northern Highway in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The Warmun community is located across from the Turkey Creek Roadhouse which is a principal tourist stop, as it is the gateway to the Purnululu National Park. The community has a strong cultural bond to the area maintained through the Daiwul Gidja Culture Centre, the adult spirituality centre (Mirrilingki), and the Warmun Arts Centre. Education in the Warmun community is provided by Ngalangangpum Catholic School. EON commenced the Thriving Communities Program in August 2012 with the establishment of an edible garden at the school.
West Kimberley Regional Prison (Derby Prison)
West Kimberley Regional Prison (WKRP) is located south of the Gibb River Road and the Derby Highway intersection. It offers many firsts across Australia, with a design and operating philosophy premised, as far as is possible upon Aboriginal culture and values. The prison is designed to house 120 male and 30 female prisoners in self-care units. The 22 houses on site accommodate 6 to 7 prisoners each. The facility has a structured day program with an emphasis on supporting prisoners to develop life, work and decision-making skills to build self-esteem and the abilities necessary for self-determination, giving them options and some capacity to be able to gain employment outside in the community. The EON Thriving Communities program complements the prison’s Self Care Model currently being delivered to the inmates.
The Looma Community is based in the West Kimberley, 130km east of Derby on the Myroodah-Luluigai Road close to the Fitzroy River. In 2011, the population of the community was 375, with more than 30 percent (117 people) being under the age of 14. With other townships close by, the neighbourhood Camballin children also come to use the local school and community store.
With Looma Remote Community School having classes from kindergarten all the way through to year 12, the EON Thriving Communities Program, in its third year, is reaching a broad section of the community. The community has welcomed the Edible Gardens program at the school with community members embracing the concept of home grown vegetables.
The Yungngora (Noonkanbah) Community is located in the Fitzroy Valley approximately 165km south-west of Fitzroy Crossing and has a population of 283. The community has an independently owned store, a registered nurse that visits the community 4 days a week, a doctor that visits 3 times a month and a women’s centre and crèche. Although there is an airstrip for the Royal Flying Doctor Service east of town, the community can often be inaccessible by air because of heavy rains.
The EON Program is in its third year in the Yungngora (Noonkanbah) community with the EON Edible Garden Program and the Healthy Eating Program operating successfully at the local Kulkarriya Community School.
Ngalapita (Koorabye) is located 100km south-west of Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley. The community is accessed via a gravel road, which extends 95kms from the Great Northern Highway. The community was developed in 1992 after people began to disperse from Fitzroy Crossing. It has an estimated population of 100-150 local residents. Ngalapita Primary School opened in 2003 and caters for approximately 30 students, conducting classes from kindergarten to year 10. There are no medical facilities in town with residents having to travel to Fitzroy Crossing or wait for a nurse who visits once a week. EON started working with the Ngalapita community in June 2011.
The Kadjina community is located in the Fitzroy River, 190km south-west of Fitzroy Crossing, and is only accessible via an unsealed road. During the wet season when the Fitzroy River is flowing, the community is cut off from road access for up to six months with food and supplies needing to be flown in. This major seasonal change creates a fluctuating population in the community, with approximately only 50-60 residents staying all year round.
Due to population and seasonal difficulties, the community does not have many permanent services. The local Wulungarra Community School teaches students from kindergarten to year 10. There is no store in the community and the health clinic is staffed remotely, with the nearest full-time clinic being inaccessible in the wet season. The EON Edible Garden Program has also been impacted by the weather, with the garden having to be relocated after its commencement in 2010. The Healthy Eating Program has been enthusiastically embraced within the community.
EON first provided support to the Wangkatjungka Remote Community school in 2009 with the establishment of an EON Edible Garden. The EON Thriving Communities Program commenced with the Kurungal Communities (Wangkatjungka, Ngumpan, Kupartiya, Gilly Sharpe and Ngarantjadu), based in Wangkatjungka in September 2012. The Wangkatjungka community is located 120 km south-east of Fitzroy Crossing and situated in the East Kimberley. Wangkatjungka has access to a nurse 3 days per week, a general store with freezer storage, and a school providing kindergarten to year 12 education for three surrounding, smaller communities. A total population of 186 was recorded in 2011.
Ardyaloon (One Arm Point)
Ardyaloon community is located on the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberly region, 202 km from Broome. Access to the community is limited as the road to Broome is unsealed, subjecting it to flooding and washouts in the wet season. The community population was recorded as 334 in 2011, with 302 people being identified as Indigenous. Ardyaloon has a large general store which caters to the surrounding community. It also has a childcare centre, Government run school and a health clinic. The EON Thriving Communities program is in its fourth year of operation in Ardyaloon. The Edible Garden and Healthy Eating programs, in particular, have been successfully integrated into the school curriculum.
Djarindjin / Lombadina
The EON Thriving Communities Program has been operating within the Djarindjin / Lombadina community since 2008. Djarindjin Lombadina is located 170km north of Broome on the Dampier Peninsula. Djarindjin Lombadina is two small townships with two stores, a child care centre, a shared Primary School and WA Country Health Clinic. It is 2km west of the Cape Leveque Road, a popular tourist drive through the Kimberleys. The Djarindjin community is home to 243 people, with 208 of them being of Indigenous heritage. The Lombadina community has a total estimated permanent population of 60. Of the combined population, over 40% are under the age of 14. With such a large number of children, the EON Thriving Communities Program can make a life changing, positive health impact in the community.
Beagle Bay community is home to the Nyul Nyul people. Its population was recorded as 285 in 2011 with an average age of 19 years. Beagle Bay is located on the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley region, 126 km north of Broome. Only 12km of the road to Broome is sealed which means it is subject to flooding and washouts during the wet season. The Beagle Bay community store provides limited provisions, and the EON Thriving Communities Program was warmly welcomed into the community to alleviate this problem. EON runs the Edible Garden program within the school, and in 2012 the Healthy Homes program was successfully implemented in the community.
Milliya Rumurra is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Substance Misuse Service located on the outskirts of Broome and was established in 1978. Milliya Rumurra’s purpose is to provide a service for people affected by alcohol and other drugs which embraces the principles of harm minimisation. It deploys an evidence based and client centred approach, supporting continuity of care with the aim to realise sustained behaviour change for clients.
The EON Thriving Communities Program commenced there with an Edible Garden in 2013.
Bidyadanga Aboriginal Community (La Grange) is located on the Kimberley coast in Western Australia, 1590 kilometres from the capital city of Perth and 180 kilometres from Broome. The recognised traditional owners of the land are the Karajarri people. Bidyadanga is the largest remote Aboriginal community in Western Australia with a population of approximately 750 residents and is home to the Karajarri, Juwalinny, Mangala, Nyungamarta and Yulpartja language groups. The community is accessible by sealed road or by air.
South Hedland is a suburb in the Town of Port Hedland, WA with a population of around 8,000. South Hedland Primary School currently accommodates 270 children on site, from Kindergarten to Year 7. South Hedland Primary school embraces traditional languages and preservation of culture through intensive support by its Aboriginal staff and programs.
Warralong is located 160km south east of Port Hedland. Strelley Community School is the oldest continually operational Independent Aboriginal Community School in Australia and commenced operation in 1976. Warralong is between the Shaw and de Grey Rivers and is the administrative centre of Strelley School. There is telephone communication at Warralong. The community is managed through its incorporated body, Warralong Aboriginal Corporation and the school authority is The Nomads Charitable and Educational Foundation as requested by the community.
Yandeyarra is a community run by the Mugarinya community of approximately 150 people. Located on the banks of the Yule River, Yandeyarra is on Native Reserve land. During the wet season, flooding is common and can prevent access to the remote community. Flash floods can occur on the track and in surrounding areas and a 4WD is generally required especially during the wet season of November – April. In Yandeyarra, there is no fuel station, mobile phone reception, wireless internet or food store. The Yandeyarra Remote Community School has 19 children enrolled. The community is serviced by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a WACHS Nurse who attends the medical clinic on Wednesdays and a Royal Life-Saving Pool for recreational use.