The Savannah Way Day 1... hot, rough and quite the adventure! One lane that goes to a rough dirt road... river crossings, and side road camps... stops at Borroloola and King Ash Bay for a quick fish (and told as we were leaving that should be careful on the beach as there’s a large croc hassling people on the beach 😳). Jake came across an abandon Hilux and grabbed himself a few extra parts 😂. Evenings spent cleaning the van after days of corrugations and rocky roads.... this is Australia! #travellingaustralia#savannahway#northernterritory#australia#outbackaustralia#kingashbay#borroloola#outbackroadsaustralia
We are excited to be announced as one of the 75 organisations to be a recipient of the 2019 Australia Post Community Grants. Artback NT was awarded the grant for the community-led Malandarri Festival that takes place in remote Northern Territory. The Festival is a dynamic two-day event celebrating Indigenous language, music, art and dance on Yanyuwa country in Borroloola. The grant will support working with and connecting the local community, ongoing cultural exchange and local training and employment opportunities.
To learn more about the work we do with the Borroloola community follow the link in our bio to the Malandarri Festival.
Image: Young Mara dancer, Zenovia Evans, preparing for dancing, Malandarri Festival, 2018. Photographer: Benjamin Warlngundu Bayliss #malandarrifestival#borroloola#yanyuwa#garrwa#gurdanji#mara#robinsonriver#firstnations#remotent#remotecommunities#keepingculturestrong#dancefestival@ropergulfregion#otlmag@auspost
3 294 November, 2019
Hearth is thrilled to be working with Waralungku Artists, which is based in Borolloola NT, with many artists living and working from their homelands. Stewart Hoosan’s painting titled Calvert Hill Country depicts the land around Calvert Hills Station near the Queensland border. Stewart captures the essence of this landscape: it’s rocky ridges, red soil, big skies, wispy clouds and swathes of savanna dotted by spindly trees. See Hoosan’s beautiful work at Hearth Galleries forthcoming exhibition, Water and Earth are All One Thing.
Limmen National Park. The amazing Southern Lost City. Spectacular place with its weathered sandstone formations reaching for the sky. We done the 2.5km walk through the towers and saw plenty of wildlife on the way. We visited Butterfly Springs for a refreshing dip before heading back to camp to get ready to depart the following day. Found an extremey hard sharp rock on the way that punctured the rear tyre. Looks like a very expensive rock, it's not going to be repairable.
After a quick stop for supplies at Borroloola, we head into Limmen National Park, camping at Town River. We unfortunately missed out on Lorella Springs as it was closed for the wet season. Caught my first NT Barra. Beautiful countryside, very scenic, but lots of crocs. 🐊
Liam Maza is back in Borroloola conducting a 10-day up-cycling furniture workshop. Working with participants, family tables are being produced using wooden pallets and disused tyres will be recycled into funky chairs.
This skills transferring program is the second in a series and is a collaboration with Roper Gulf Regional Council. Thanks to Neil Mansell Transport for supporting the program and sending the pallets free of charge to Borroloola.
Image 1: Workshop participants Carlos Simon and Lexavia Anderson making an up-cycled family table. Photographer: Liam Maza
Image 2: Neil Mansell Transport sending palettes to Borroloola. Photographer: Eve Pawlik #communityworkshops#remotent#Borroloola#remotecommunities#northernterritory#upcycling#recycling#furniture@ropergulfregion
Gulf Velvet Gecko. The old and heavily weathered sandstones of the southern Gulf of Carpentaria are home to a swag of spectacular reptiles, many of which - like this guy - are found nowwhere else.
A bushfire ripped through this habitat only hours after I spot-lit it. These tough little Oedura are used to it though simply retreating into deep crevices, where a bounty of cochroaches and other invertebrates are also taking shelter.
Northern Territory 🌅
Across the border and finally into the Northern Territory, it’s been a long time coming! At our roadhouse stay we met a lovely Sunny Coast family who were travelling the same way as us so decided it might be nice to travel together 😊
We headed north up through the aboriginal community of Borroloola to the camp on the McArthur River at King Ash Bay for a few nights. The kids had a blast playing in the water making muddy creek crossings for their trucks 😂 as of course there was no swimming in the water around here!
King Ash Bay is a fishing club so our hopes were high to finally catch a 🎣.....still waiting 🙃
Samoan Tapa parcels with Myra Rory’s Aeroplane Dancer. ❤️ Myra Rory is Yanyuwa and Garrwa and lives at Wandangula Community, about 15km from Borroloola. Myra first started painting with her father Dinny McDinny at Wandangula School where she taught culture. Myra’s paintings depict dreaming stories and capture the rich traditional life that she, her parents and grandparents lived, including hunting, bush tucker and travelling around the Borroloola Region.
🌴BORROLOOLA WE ALRIGHT | music video🌴
IHHP crew spent last week in Borroloola producing the newest music video talking all things mental health. Massive thanks to the school, community, songmen, elders and everyone involved for their incredible support. Most importantly thank you to the youth for sharing your raw and amazing talent !! We can’t wait to share this one ✌🏽
Strong Mind|Strong Body|Strong Spirit|Strong Culture @ihhp
3 1562 September, 2019
@climate_justice_collective_aus is hosting a community screening of Warburdar Bununu / Water Shield by Garrwa and Barunggam man Jason de Santolo. It tells a story of resistance and struggle against the devastating consequences of mining and of hope and strength in story, family & culture.
This event will also fundraise for Borroloola (NT) community leaders to resource their travel to Sydney for the September #ClimateStrike to raise awareness and build alliances. We invite people to donate what they feel they can, we recommend $10 for waged people and $5 as a minimum. No one will be turned away.
If you don't think you can make it there's also the option to transfer directly to this bank account (no eventbrite processing fees yay!):
Jason De Santolo
Please include "CJC Water Shield" as the name of the transfer.
We will also screen the film #WaterIsLife by SEEDmob which documents the struggle and current campaign against #fracking in the #NorthernTerritory , and also looks at the community of #Borroloola .
Doors open at 6 and we will kick off the event at 6:30pm. Both films are under 30 minutes. There will be time for a discussion and Q&A with Paddy Gibson (Jumbunna Research UTS and Impact Producer for Water Shield) after we’ve screened the two films. Other speakers TBC. Event will close at 8:30pm.
The venue is wheelchair accessible except for the bathrooms. The closest accessible bathrooms are across the road at Marrickville Recreational Bowling Club. Please message us directly for any other accessibility needs.
A young leader is devastated when Borroloola Town Camps are bombarded with water contamination notices. No one seems to be taking responsibility in the Northern Territory and with continued mining up river his family’s way of life is under constant threat. He sets out to find answers knowing that his Elders will never leave their ancestral homelands. On this quest he rediscovers hope in the healing power of story, family and culture.
Ticket information is on the “Community Events” page on my website (LINK IN BIO).