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Early intervention and prevention services are delivered via outreach where tenancies are at risk or inappropriate (e.g. Apart, perhaps, from a handful of Aboriginal teenage boys kicking a football along the street, for something to do.
On Friday night, Fox Street has a buzz. An iced blue-and-white cake with “Eels” scrolled across it is carried through the bar. However, with the rivers dry these places have been forced to rely entirely on bore water for drinking and bathing, with many residents complaining about their water’s foul taste and appearance as well as negative health impacts.“Walgett” is a Gamilaraay (also spelt Gomeroi, Gamilaroi or Kamilaroi) word meaning ‘two rivers’, referring to the town’s location near the Barwon and Namoi rivers which join at Walgett before flowing into the Darling river system. In good times, the area is a rich source of livestock and grains. This has led to a demand for a Royal Commission into the management of the river system, and limits on the volume of water that can be pumped out of rivers for use irrigating crops, along with calls for limits on the further expansion of coal mining in the area.Aboriginal organisations and advocacy groups have also argued for a greater role in water management. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 29.4% of the population. “There’s really nothing here.” A sign just outside Walgett, beside fields where stumpy trees dance in mirages on the far horizon, declares “Farming’s Not Just a Way of Life. The town is regarded as one of the most socially disadvantaged in NSW. 1800-TRINDALL,” jests one courthouse wit.) A local high school, already in the dusty throes of renovating its classrooms, is now also rebuilding its reputation.Their town sits, like a comma, at the junction of the Barwon and Namoi rivers within a vast northern NSW floodplain which the past four years of drought has dried to weed and stubble, evaporating jobs and income.
"They'll come in from outside of the area and they'll do more damage to our reputation in a five minute broadcast on national TV that would take us five years to overcome," Mr Ramsland said. In a corner of Walgett’s secondary school grounds, three girls and a boy armed with buckets of water-bombs are fighting, running, yelling. She grew up in a tin hut on the banks of the Namoi and walked via the muddy riverbank to school. "I believe that these western towns will be little oases in the desert and people will be keen to visit," he said.Melbourne couple Caroline and Steve Bensted were told by fellow travellers not to stop in Walgett or the nearby towns of Wilcannia and Bourke. What does school captain Melissa Hayley think of Walgett?“They don’t really have any contact sport up at boarding school where I was at – so it wasn’t good and the girls and me didn’t really get along,” Melissa says. “When I read the facts involved – and they shall remain utterly confidential – I thought it was a storm in a teacup. For some, this is not just the end of the week; it’s the end of primary school. Free 48hr camping at Walgett Primitive Camping Ground. Once everyone is saturated, she yells: “Ceasefire!” “It’s safe and it’s harmless and everyone’s just having a good time,” she says. “The only problem in Walgett, which is a problem in all small towns… there is a lack of resources here. (there are no spaces, just there for ease of reading)Please write * Walgett * in the description tab so we know what monies are for. Add acting principals and those numbers double, she says. The college is a unique educational institution, and gave birth to the successful Yaama Maliyaa group that won several national awards in Young Achievers Australia in 2005. The northern boundary of the Shire is located adjacent to the border between New South Wales and Queensland. “We’re not special.”
CHIPP’s focus on water safety in term one was the result of community consultation. There are not things for kids to do.” Homegrown rugby league stars Ricky Walford and George Rose are very much alive, but Walgett may be better known for those who have passed on.
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And we’ve got a whole group of kids coming through today and they can’t read and write. Walgett is a town in northern New South Wales, Australia, and the seat of Walgett Shire. “Classroom violence at notorious NSW school sparks calls for intervention,” proclaimed “They don’t have the Walgett view of everything,” Melissa laments. They have been crucial workers in the area’s rural industries, including cotton. School captain Melissa Hayley, a bright Aboriginal 17-year-old with a bent for business, who has carved a pathway to university, knows how gruelling the pursuit of education can be for remote-area students. However, both rivers are almost entirely dry due to decreased overall flows resulting from the drought, and because of water extraction by upstream irrigators. Enlarging the town weir, constructing long pipelines to pump water from healthier rivers, or building a local desalination plant have been suggested as ways to ensure a reliable supply of safe drinking water for the town. Volunteers delivered bottled water from nearby towns, with some deliveries funded by community donations and others donated by local businesses. Likewise, the original Golf Club that was situated on river country some eight kilometres to the west of the town, also merged with the Sporting Club on the north edge of the town allowing the golf course to be re-established along the Namoi River adjacent to the club house proper. The club's first two aircraft purchased in its first years were DH-82 Tiger Moths – registrations VH-BAR and VH-WON carrying the name of the nearby Barwon River. The Aboriginal people here have historically suffered cruel losses of family and culture, having been trucked from reserve to reserve, forbidden to speak their languages and even, until the 1960s, to enter the township.
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