The EON Thriving Communities Program has been delivered in 24 communities with great success with communities continuing to sustain the benefits and some seeing broader spin-off benefits including home gardens, community gardens, TAFE qualifications, job creation and aspirations for commercial horticulture ventures.
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 Doon Doon community is nearing completion of the EON Thriving Communities Program five-year program.
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 Warmun community is nearing completion of the EON Thriving Communities five-year program.
Yiyili is an Aboriginal community, approximately 2,800 or 29 hours (driving) from Western Austraila’s capital city of Perth. It is located 5 km off the Great Northern Highway, 170 km north-east of Fitzroy Crossing and 120 km south of Halls Creek. The population of the community and outstations is around 250
The Yiyili Community School caters for students in kindergarten to Year 10 from Yiyili and several neighbouring out-stations – Ganinya, Goolgaradah, Kurinyjarn, Pullout Springs and Rocky Springs. In 2017 approximately 58 students attended the school, all of whom were Aboriginal.
Yiyili Community School commenced the EON Thriving Communities Program in March 2017.
Yakanarra is a small Aboriginal community, approximately 2,800 km or 31 hours (driving) from Western Australia’s capital city of Perth. It is approximately 60 km south-west of Fitzroy Crossing on the edge of the St George Ranges and within the Shire of Derby, West Kimberley.
During the wet season, road access can be cut off entirely, with access via the community airstrip.
Children of school age at Yakanarra attend Yakanarra Community School. The school conducts classes from pre-school to year 10. In 2017 approximately 35 students attended the school all of whom were Aboriginal.
Yakanarra Community School commenced the EON Thriving Communities Program in November 2015.
Looma is an Aboriginal community, approximately 2,500 kms or 26 hours (driving) from Perth, Western Australia. Located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, Looma is approximately 130 km south-east of Derby and some 30 km of dirt road south of the main Derby to Fitzroy Crossing Highway.
Looma Remote Community School is built at the base of the picturesque Grant Range with magnificent vistas of the surrounding hills and rock formations that give Looma its name. The school services the Looma Aboriginal Community of between 400-500 people as well as the nearby town of Camballin of approximately 30-40 people. The population primarily comprises of three groups – Walmajarri, Nyikina and Mangala plus a small number of others.
In 2017 approximately 118 students attended the school, 97% of whom were 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.
Jarlmadangah Burru is an Aboriginal community approximately 2,400 kms or 26 hours (driving) from Perth. It is located 86 km south-east of Derby in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia, within the Shire of Derby, West Kimberley.
Jarlmadangah Burru is in the Grant Ranges, close to the Fitzroy River. Camballin and Looma are the nearest towns, approximately 19 km east and 15 km south-east from Jarlmadangah Burru.
Children of school age at Jarlmadangah Burru attend the Nyikina Mangala Community School which caters for children from kindergarten to year 10. In 2017 approximately 16 students attended the school all of whom were Aboriginal.
The community of Jarlmadangah Burru commenced the EON Thriving Communities Program in July 2016.
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.