This book describes projects by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people which make a difference to the lives of the people in their communities, focusing on the Goldfields/Esperance and South West regions and featuring stories that describe services, education facilities, art, environmental stewardship, healthy communities and innovative social programs.
Introduction: Welcome to the fourth edition of the WA Indigenous Storybook which focuses on the Goldfields/Esperance and South West regions. It is especially pleasing to include three stories from the remote Ngaanyatjarra Lands in WA. These stories describe an incredible walk, where health and culture mix, NG Media which has a wide reach and involves film, radio and music production and a Youth Healthy Relationships project where a series of films were made about the importance of sexual health, self-respect and healthy relationships. These amazing projects are just the tip of the iceberg when looking at the incredible projects and innovations that are occurring in one of the most remote parts of our country. For anyone reaching for the altas... the Ngaanyatjarra Lands WA, encompass sections of the Gibson Desert, Great Sandy Desert, Great Victoria Desert and the Central Ranges of WA. It covers 250,000km2 or approximately three per cent of mainland Australia. There are around 1800 Ngaanyatjarra, Pintipi and Ngaatjatjarra and Pitjantjatjara people living on the Ngaanyatjarra lands in 12 remote communities.
No less important are the other stories in the book, which all describe positive stories and illustrate how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and projects really are making a difference to the lives of the people in their communities. In this edition, we feature stories that describe services, education facilities, art, environmental stewardship, healthy communities and innovative social programs. The Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA), together with our key partners Healthway and the Government of Western Australia are very proud to be associated with the authors and contributors acknowledged in this Storybook. From the very first Storybook right through to this the fourth edition, we have and continue to, acknowledge the book as a terrific way to recognise and celebrate the often invisible projects that positively influence the lives of others. The next Storybook is planned for the far north of the state – from Broome to Kununurra and eastwards. PHAIWA welcomes all stories that focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues – whether these are individual stories or those that have affected whole communities.