Community profiles

| Ali Curung | Engawala | Imangara | Kintore | Lajamanu | Laramba | Mt Liebig | Nturiya | Nyirripi | Pmara Jutunta | Wilora | Willowra | Yuelamu | Yuendumu |

 

Ali Curung is Kaytete and Alywarr country. It's Kaytete name is Alekarenge for dog jukurrpa (or dreaming). Warlpiri and Warumungu people came to live at Ali Curung (or Warrabri as it was then known) in the late 1950's. Those Warlpiri who came, were people and descendants of the Warlpiri who had fled to areas north of Tennant Creek as a result of the 1928 Coniston Massacre. With the establishment of local Councils in the mid 1970's Warrabri was renamed Ali Curung. Ali Curung now has a population of around 450 people. Language groups at Ali Curung are Kaytete, Alywarr, Warlpiri and Warumungu.

PAW Media supports a radio studio at Ali Curung, as well as provides technical maintenance and support for radio and television transmissions.


103.7MHz Channel 66 793.250MHz

 

Engawala is on Eastern Arrente country. Sometimes called Alcoota, it is a small community on the eastern side of the PAW Media area, with a population of around 160. Engawala is close to Alcoota Station, home to an enormous bed of fossil bones that are around eight million years old. Thousands of fossilised bones and teeth of many different animals have been found at Alcoota. The animals include the gigantic thunder bird (Dromornis stirtoni), the wolf-sized Powerful Thylacine (Thylacinus potens) and the large leopard-sized Alcoota Marsupial Lion (Wakaleo alcootense).

PAW Media supports free to air radio and TV retransmission facilities at Engawala. In 2010 PAW Media through funding from FAHCSIA Local Priority Funding worked with the local Council to fully refurbish the transmission facilities. Additional funding through the Central Desert Shire and the Indigenous Broadcasting Program was received to commission a radio studio.  Installation was completed in August 2012.

102.7MHz

 

Imangara, also known as Murray Downs, is Alyawarr country. It is a small community of 15 houses. The community residents are from the northern-most reaches of the Alyawarr language group in Central Australia.  The community is largely run by four strong women elders who seek to keep the community healthy and active.

PAW Media supports free to air radio and TV retransmission facilities at Imangara.

107.3MHz

 

Kintore, or Walungurru, is Pintubi country. It is located approximately 530km west of Alice Springs and close to the border with Western Australia. The community is nestled at the base of culturally important hills known as Pulikatjara ('two hills').  Kintore has a population of around 600. It was founded in 1981, when many Pintupi people who were then living in the community of Papunya (about 200 km from Alice Springs) became unhappy with their circumstances in what they saw as foreign country. They decided to move back to their own country, from which many of them had been forcibly removed decades earlier prior to weapons testing fired from Woomera in South Australia.  Kintore is famous for its highly respected Papunya Tula Artists.

PAW Media supports a radio studio at Kintore, as well as provides technical maintenance and support for radio and television transmissions.


102.9MHz Channel 66 793.250MHz

 

Lajamanu, or Hooker Creek, is Gurindji country. It is located approximately 600 kms north east of Yuendumu and has a population of around 700 mainly Warlpiri people. Lajamanu’s history as an Aboriginal settlement goes back to 1949, when several hundred Warlpiri people were taken by truck from Yuendumu. The Australian Government was concerned that outbreaks of disease would occur unless the population was limited at Yuendumu. The new settlement was located in the ‘buffer zone’ between traditional territories of the Warlpiri and Gurindji people. Many of the relocated people walked back to Yuendumu. These ‘walk backs’ occurred in 1958 and 1968, before people were finally prepared to accept the Hooker Creek community.

PAW Media supports a radio studio at Lajamanu, as well as provides technical maintenance and support for radio and television transmissions.

102.9MHz Channel 66 793.250MHz

 

Laramba, or Napperby, is on Anmatyerr country, 200 kms north west of Alice Springs. It has a population of around 350. The Laramba settlement is an excision of freehold title within Napperby Station.  The Laramba community started in 1983 and moved from the Napperby homestead area to its present location in 1984. In 1992 the community was given freehold title to the land. The Laramba community has a significant population of elders, many of whom have worked in the cattle industry on nearby properties.

PAW Media supports a radio studio at Laramba, as well as provides technical maintenance and support for radio and television transmissions.

102.9MHz Channel 66 793.250MHz

 

Mt Liebig, or Watiyawanu, is Luritja country and is located 325kms from Alice Springs. Mt Liebig originated in 1978 as an outstation of Papunya. The outstation remained relatively small until 1985 when it began to grow and be developed to the point where it is now a “community” in it own rights. It  has a population of around 250 people. The majority of people living in Mt. Liebig are former residents of Papunya or Haast’s Bluff. Today, the majority of Mt. Liebig people identify themselves as Luritja. Other language groups include Pintubi, Warlpiri and Arrente.

PAW Media supports free to air radio and TV retransmission facilities at Mt Liebig.

102.5 MHz

 

Nturiya, or Old Ti Tree Station, is Anmatyerr country. It is an outstation of Ti Tree.

PAW Media supports a radio studio at Nturiya, as well as provides technical maintenance and support for radio and television transmissions.

109.1MHz Channel 65 793.250MHz

 

Nyirripi, was originally an outstation of Yuendumu. It is located 440km from Alice Springs and has a population of around 250 people. Nyirripi is located close to the southern and south-western extent of traditionally owned Warlpiri land. Although still predominantly a Warlpiri Community there are a number of Pintubi, Luritja and Kukatja speakers. The flat horizon around Nyirripi is abruptly raised by the silouette of Karrku, a large mesa on the outskirts of town. The rocky outcrop is a traditional mine for red ochre, and Nyirripi traded this with other communities. 

PAW Media supports a radio studio at Nyirripi, as well as provides technical maintenance and support for radio and television transmissions.

102.9MHz Channel 66 793.250MHz

 

Pmara Jutunta, or Ti Tree Six Mile, is Anmatyerr country. It is an outstation of Ti Tree.

PAW Media supports a radio studio at Pmara Jutunta, as well as provides technical maintenance and support for radio and television transmissions.

106.1MHz  Channel 66 793.250MHz

 

Wilora, or Stirling, is Anmatyerr country. It is an outstation of Ti Tree.

PAW Media supports free to air retransmission facilities at Wilora.

102.9MHz

 

Willowra, or Wirliyajarrayi, is a Warlpiri community on the Lander River. Located 330kms north west of Alice Springs it has a population of about 400. Willowra is near the site of the 1928 Coniston Massacre in which, according to oral history, about 100 Aborigines were killed following the murder of a dingo trapper. Willowra was first established as a cattle station in the 1920s. In 1973 the Department of Aboriginal Affairs bought the property and held it in trust for the community. Willowra community took over the management of the cattle station in 1974 under the name of the Willowra Cattle Company, and a land claim under the Aboriginal Land Rights was lodged in 1978. The land was handed back to its traditional owners in 1983. Willowra currently manages cattle grazing operations under contract from a nearby pastoral property.

PAW Media supports a radio studio at Willowra, as well as provides technical maintenance and support for radio and television transmissions.

106.1MHz Channel 66 793.250MHz

 

Yuelamu, or Mt Allen, is Anmatyerr country. It is also known as Worri Worri (Warlpiri). Yuelamu is located 290 km northwest of Alice Springs and 40kms east of Yuendumu. It has a population of around 280 people.  The traditional lands of Yuelamu overlap those of the Warlpiri in the west and extend over a relatively small area to Utopia to the east of Ti Tree. Yuelamu was made famous by the Bush Mechanics series which suggested that the football team from Yuelamu were cheats and thieves. It's not true though!

The conflict and reprisals that followed the Coniston massacre in 1928 resulted in the dispersal of the people from their traditional country, with many going to Papunya or Yuendumu or living around station homesteads of welfare depots.

When Mt Allan, (previously the name of the Cattle Station on the Yuelamu Anmatyerr lands) was taken up as a pastoral lease in 1949 people affiliated with the area started to move back. Since the property was purchased in 1975 more people have come back to the community. The traditional name for the area is Alpirakina or Alperrakenyei, which is the name of a Rockhole and gum tree close by.  The Mt Allan Band recorded a song for PAW Media's Tanami Tracks CD (available at our online shop) that records a memory of a lot of people living at Alperrakenyei.

Yuelamu is situated next to a large fresh water basin which provides drinking water to the community. During rainy times when the lake is full it dominates the horizon. 

PAW Media supports a radio studio at Yuelamu, as well as provides technical maintenance and support for radio and television transmissions.


102.1MHz
Channel 66 793.250MHz

 

Yuendumu is the largest remote community in Central Australia. Located 290kms north west of Alice Springs it has a population of between 800-1000 people. A largely Warlpiri community, it is actually located on Anmatyerr lands. Yuendumu is located within the Yuendumu Aboriginal Lands Trust area which includes numerous outstations. It was established in 1946 by the Native Affairs Branch of the Australian Government to deliver rations and welfare services. In 1947 a Baptist mission was established there. By 1955 many of the Warlpiri people had settled in the town. Yuendumu retains links with other Warlpiri communities within the region, including Lajamanu, Willowra and Nyirripi.

PAW Media is based at Yuendumu, where it has a radio and music studio, video production facilities and offices. PAW Media also provide maintenance and support for radio and television transmissions ay Yuendumu.

 

102.9MHz
Channel 66 793.250MHz

 

 

 

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