EON’s Thriving Communities program operates in remote Aboriginal communities in both Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
EON operates in or has completed the Thriving Communities program in 24 communities in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. In 2018 EON extended its WA operations to the Mid West region, commencing to work with the communities of Meekatharra, Mount Magnet and Yalgoo.
In 2017, following an invitation from schools, communities and the Anindilyakwa Land Council, EON Foundation expanded its footprint, for the first time outside of Western Australia, into three communities on Groote Eylandt – Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra.
And in 2019 EON was excited to announce the Thriving Communities program will commence in nine new communities in the Big Rivers region: Barunga, Pine Creek, Manyallaluk, Beswick, Bulman, Jilkminggan, Minyerri, Urapunga and Ngukurr.
- Central Kimberley, WA
- Pilbara, WA
- Mid-West, WA
- Groote Eylandt, NT
- Big Rivers, NT
- West Kimberley, WA
- East Kimberley, WA
The Aboriginal community of Yiyili is located 110 km west of Halls Creek on the fringe of the Margaret River floodplain. The population of the community and outstations is around 250 to 300.
The Yiyili Independent School caters for students from kindergarten to Year 10. The students come from Yiyili as well as the the surrounding outstations of Ganinyi, Girriyoowa, Goolgaradah, Kurinyu, Moongardie and Rocky Springs. The school prides itself on providing a supportive learning environment for its students, underpinned by the importance of Gooniyandi country, language and family. The school has a current enrollment of 6 students.
Yiyili Community School commenced the EON Thriving Communities Program in March 2017.
Yakanarra Aboriginal community is located approximately 60 kilometres south-west of Fitzroy Crossing, on the edge of the St Georges Ranges. Set on an excision from Gogo Station, the Yakanarra community was established in 1989 by Walmajarri elder Hanson ‘Pampila’. The site was selected because of its traditional and sacred significance to the Walmajarri People.
There are approximately 130 people living in the community. Currently 35 children are enrolled at the Yakanarra Community School, which conducts classes from pre-school to Year 10.
Yakanarra Community School commenced the EON Thriving Communities Program in November 2015.
Jarlmadangah Burru Aboriginal Community is located in the Grant Ranges, close to the Fitzroy River, approximately 86km south east of Derby. The community is built around very strong social values and a dedication to the maintenance of Nyikina-Mangala Law and Culture.
The community has a community office, school, women’s centre, operates tourist ventures and community development programs.
Children of school age at Jarlmadangah Burru attend the Nyikina Mangala Community School, which caters for children from kindergarten to year 10. There are approximately 16 students currently enrolled at the school, all of whom are Aboriginal.
The community of Jarlmadangah Burru commenced the EON Thriving Communities Program in July 2016.
The Aboriginal community of Looma is located approximately 130 km south east of Derby at the base of Ngarloowinyan, a culturally significant landmark in the Grant Range. The population of 400 – 500 comprises of three major groups; Walmajarri, Nyikina and Mangala.
Looma Remote Community School services the Looma Aboriginal Community as well as the nearby town of Camballin. In 2019 there are approximately 99 students enrolled, 98% of whom are Aboriginal.
The community of Looma has completed the EON Thriving Communities five-year Program but continues to receive post-exit support from EON Project Managers and has aspirations to undertake an independent commercial horticulture venture.
The Pilbara is located to the north of the Mid-West and south of the Kimberley in WA, bordered by the Indian Ocean to the west and extending across the Great Sandy Desert to the Northern Territory border in the east. One of the largest regions in Western Australia, the Pilbara covers 507,896 square kilometres. EON employs two Project Managers for the Pilbara Region, one working with the communities of South Hedland, Warralong and Yandeyarra, and one working with the East Pilbara communities of Nullagine, Marble Bar and Jigalong.
Port Hedland is located on the coast in the northern section of the Pilbara, approximately 1,650 kms north of Perth and 612 kms south of Broome. South Hedland is a suburb of Port Hedland.
The EON Foundation has been delivering the EON Thriving Communities Program in South Hedland since 2014. While the current focus is on South Hedland Primary School, EON has also worked with Rose Nowers Early Learning Centre, Gumula Early Childhood and Kindilink and South Hedland Senior High School.
South Hedland Primary School is located on Karriyarra ground, and respect is paid to the Karriyarra people. In 2019 there are 233 students enrolled at the school, 66% of whom have an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background.
Warralong Community is located approximately 160 km south east of Port Hedland, between the Shaw and DeGrey Rivers.
EON works with the Strelley Community School based in Warralong. The Strelly School has 2 campuses, Warralong (Karntimarta) and Strelley (Yurtingunya). The Warralong campus caters for students from pre-primary to Year 12. In 2018, approximately 56 children were enrolled at the school. All of the students are of Indigenous descent and are drawn from a language background that is predominantly Nyangumarta.
The EON Foundation has been delivering the EON Thriving Communities Program to the Warralong community since 2014.
Yandeyarra is located approximately 1,600 kms or 17.5 hours (driving) from Perth. Yandeyarra, also referred to as Mugarinya, is an Aboriginal community, situated on the banks of the Yule River in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia and within the Town of Port Hedland. During the wet season, flooding is common and can prevent access to the remote community.
Children of school age at Yandeyarra attend the Yandeyarra Remote Community School. The school caters for students from kindergarten through to year 12. In 2017, 34 students attended the school, 100 of which were Aboriginal.
The EON Foundation has been delivering the EON Thriving Communities Program in Yandeyarra since 2014.
Nullagine is an old goldrush town in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. It is located on the Nullagine River 296 km south-east of Port Hedland, 200 kms north of Newman, 100 kms south of Marble Bar and 1,364 km, (or 15 hours driving) from Perth.
Children of school age at Nullagine attend Nullagine Remote Community School. The school serves the Irrungadji Community of Martu people as well as children of mining companies and other industries from kindergarten through to year 12. In 2017, 27 students attended the school, 100% of which were Aboriginal.
The EON Foundation has been delivering the EON Thriving Communities Program to the Nullagine community since 2016.
Marble Bar is located 1,492 km north of Perth, approximately 17 hours (driving) on the Great Northern Highway via Newman or 1,939 km north of Perth via the coast road and 202 km south-east of Port Hedland.
Children of school age attend Marble Bar School which caters for students from kindergarten through to Year 12. In 2017, 40 students attended the school, 83% of which were Aboriginal.
The EON Foundation has been delivering the EON Thriving Communities Program to the Marble Bar community since 2016.
Jigalong is in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, approximately 165 kilometres east of the town of Newman in the Shire of East Pilbara. The community is located in an Aboriginal Lands Trust reserve on the western edge of the Little Sandy Desert.
The Jigalong Remote Community School provides education from kindergarten to Year 12. In 2017, student enrolments totalled 77 of which 95% were Aboriginal.
The EON Foundation has been delivering the EON Thriving Communities Program to the Jigalong community since 2017.
Meekatharra is located approximately 770km NNE of Perth, and 540km NE of Geraldton. The name comes from a Yamatji word meaning ‘place of little water’.
EON has been delivering its Thriving Communities Program at Meekatharra District High School since early 2019. The school draws from a diverse population of around 1,000 locally and 2,100 district-wide, representing Aboriginal communities, pastoral, mining and related service industries. It caters for Kindergarten to Year 12 students and has a total enrolment of 180, the majority being primary aged students. There is a large Aboriginal population in the town resulting in almost 90% of students at Meekatharra District High School coming from Aboriginal families.
Mount Magnet is one of WA’s longest continuing gold mining centres. It is located approximately 570kim NE of Perth and 340km ENE of Geraldton. Descendants of the original inhabitants, the Badimaya people, continue to live in Mount Magnet today. In the 2016 census the population of the town was recorded as 470, and the broader Shire area is home to 750 people.
EON commenced its Thriving Communities Program at the Mount Magnet District High School in early 2019. The school, which caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 12, has an approximate enrolment of 90 students, with 79% identifying as being of Aboriginal descent.
Yalgoo is located approximately 500km NNE of Perth and 220km from Geraldton. At the time of the 2016 census the population of the town was recorded as 280. There is some confusion over the origin of the town’s name with some sources claiming that it is derived from an Aboriginal word ‘yalguru’ meaning blood, thus suggesting that the area was connected with initiation rites. Other sources, however, suggest that the name comes from Eyalgru meaning bloodwood.
EON commenced its Thriving Communities Program at Yalgoo Primary School in mid-2019. The school, which caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 6 has an approximate enrolment of 26, of whom almost 90% identify as being Aboriginal. The students are catered for in two multi-age classrooms.
Groote Eylandt is the largest island in the Gulf of Carpentaria and the fourth largest island in Australia. It lies approximately 50 km from the Northern Territory mainland and eastern coast of Arnhem Land, about 630 km from Darwin, opposite Blue Mud Bay.
The island is approximately 50 km from east to west and 60 km from north to south.
Children of school age attend the Angurugu School which caters for students from pre-primary to year 12. In 2017, 159 students attended the school, all of whom were Aboriginal Australians.
Children of school age attend the Alyarrmandumanja Umbakumba School which caters for students from pre-primary to year 12. In 2017, 74 students attended the school, all of whom were Aboriginal Australians.
Children of school age attend Milyakburra School which caters for students from pre-primary to year 12. In 2017, 27 students attended the school, 96% of whom were Aboriginal Australians.
One Arm Point (Ardyaloon)
Ardyaloon or One Arm Point or Bardi is an Indigenous Australian community town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. It is located 2,500 km or 30 hours driving from Perth on the Dampier Peninsula, 202 km from Broome. Access to the community can be limited as the road to Broome is unsealed which often means flooding and washouts in the wet season.
Children of school age attend the One Arm Point Community School which caters for students from kindergarten to Year 12. In 2017 approximately 128 students attended the school, 95% of whom were Aboriginal.
The Ardyaloon community has completed the EON Thriving Communities five-year Program but continues to receive post-exit support from EON Project Managers. EON continues to employ one Community Assistant, Arnold, who manages the gardens and keeps them thriving.
Djarindjin / Lombadina
Djarindjin Lombadina is located approximately 2,500 km or 30 hours driving from Perth on the west coast of the northern Dampier Peninsula, north of Broome. Djarindjin is part of a single urban area that incorporates Lombadina Aboriginal community and the Lombadina Mission.
It is located 170 km north of Broome on the Dampier Peninsula and 2 km west of the Cape Leveque Road, a popular tourist drive through the Kimberley.
Children of school age attend Christ the King Catholic School. The school runs classes for students from kindergarten to Year 10. Student numbers range between 55 and 70 all of whom are Aboriginal.
The EON Thriving Communities Program has been operating within the Djarindjin / Lombadina community since 2008 and continues to receive post-exit support from EON Project Managers.
Beagle Bay is located approximately 2,400 km or 27 hours driving from Perth, on the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley region, 126 km north of Broome. Only 12 km 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 in 2008.
EON Project Managers continue to provide post-exit support to Beagle Bay and employ Kenny, a local Aboriginal man, to maintain the gardens.
Bidyadanga is a large Aboriginal community, (La Grange), located approximately 2,300 km or 23 hours driving from Perth. It is situated 190 kilometres south of Broome in the Kimberley Region of WA
Children of school age attend La Grange Remote Community School. The school runs classes for students from kindergarten to Year 12. In 2017 approximately 154 students attended the school, 97% of whom were Aboriginal.
The EON Thriving Communities Program has been operating at Bidyadanga since 2013 and is nearing completion of the EON Thriving Communities five-year Program. Louie Yanawana, a long-term EON Community Assistant, keeps the garden thriving at Bidyadanga.
Doon Doon, (Woolah)
Woolah (also referred to as Doon Doon) is an Aboriginal community, located in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia, within the Shire of Wyndham, East Kimberley.
It is approximately 3,200 kms or 32 hours (driving) from Western Australia’s capital city of Perth, located approximately 300 metres off the Great Northern Highway. The turnoff to the community is about 120 km south of Kununurra. The Highway is sealed and is normally in good condition. The road crosses Donkey Creek which can sometimes be impassable in the wet season.
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 Remote Community School. In recent years, student numbers have ranged between 8 and 24 students, all of whom were Aboriginal.
The five-year EON Thriving Communities program has been completed in Doon Doon community.
Warmun Community (also known as Turkey Creek) and Warmun are a township and locality in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, located on the Great Northern Highway, 3009 km or 33 hours, (driving) northeast of Perth. The closest populated town is Halls Creek.
Ngalangangpum School is a co-educational primary Catholic school of 100 students from Kindergarten to 10 serving the Warmun community.
In 2017, 69 students attended the school, 91% of whom were Aboriginal.
The five-year EON Thriving Communities program has been completed in Warmun community.