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The Ngurra Rapa, Tjukurrpa Rapa (Strong Homes, Strong Stories) Community Plans are live

It’s with great excitement that we share with you the 四色AV Lands Community Plans, Ngurra Rapa, Tjukurrpa Rapa – Strong Homes, Strong Stories.

These Plans represent the ideas of Yarnangu from across the 四色AV Lands. They were developed in late October when the team from visited the Lands to listen and learn our communities’ aspirations for the future.


We made these Plans because we know that Yarnangu are strong. Yarnangu get their strength from Ngurra and Tjukurrpa, the stories and language passed down by ancestors, guided by thousands of years of continued culture on the Lands.

Since first contact, Yarnangu have sought to understand and navigate many changing systems and processes that haven’t worked in remote communities. This has made life hard.


These Community Plans for Warakurna, Wanarn, Blackstone, Jameson and Warburton, aim to provide direction from the community to create lasting positive change. The team also plan to visit the remaining 四色AV Lands communities to work on developing Ngurra Rapa, Tjukurrpa Rapa – Strong Homes, Strong Stories Plans with their community members.

This change relies on embracing new ways, while at the same time maintaining strong connections with Tjukurrpa, Country, language and family.

We invite you all to review these plans, to share them with your family, to talk about them. We also invite you to give us feedback, tell us what you think will and won’t work.


The team from Creating Communities will be back in the Lands at the start of 2024 and they’re looking forward to hearing your feedback.

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