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.

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, Northern Territory – Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra

East Kimberley, WA

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

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.

Central Kimberley, WA

Yiyili

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

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

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

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.

West Kimberley, WA

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

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

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.

The Pilbara, WA

South Hedland

South Hedland is a suburb in the Town of Port Hedland.   It is located approximately 1,650 kms or 17.5 hours (driving) from Perth.

The EON Foundation has been delivering the EON Thriving Communities Program to South Hedland Primary School, Rose Nowers Early Learning Centre, Gumula Early Childhood and Kindilink as well as some work at South Hedland Senior High School since 2014.

In 2017, 218 children attended South Hedland Primary School, 72% of whom were Aboriginal.

Warralong

Warralong is located approximately 1,500 kms or 19.5 hours (driving) from Perth.  It is situated 160 km south east of Port Hedland.

Strelley Community School caters for students from pre-primary to Year 12.  In 2017, 76 children attended Strelley Community School, 100% of whom were Aboriginal.

The EON Foundation has been delivering the EON Thriving Communities Program to the Warralong community since 2014.

Yandeyarra

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

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

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

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.

Groote Eylandt, NT

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.

Angurugu

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.

Umbakumba

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.

Milyakburra

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.