El­ders vil­lage pro­vides wel­com­ing feel

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ Tra­di­tional danc­ing and kan­ga­roo tail on the fire wel­comed guests to the Ngar­luma el­ders vil­lage in Roe­bourne last Fri­day as the fa­cil­ity was of­fi­cially opened.

The vil­lage can house up to 18 el­ders, who can make use of the stu­dio and cen­tral meet­ing ar­eas such as the movie screen and fire pit.

Ngar­luma Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Belinda Churn­side said the vil­lage was one of the most im­por­tant goals for the cor­po­ra­tion and the com­mu­nity.

“This has been a long jour­ney and a ma­jor mile­stone for our peo­ple,” she said.

“For the el­ders to be pleased … and have a camp­fire place they can all gather at night and have yarns like they did in the good old days is re­ally good.

“I ac­tu­ally want to live in it my­self look­ing at how nice it is.”

Mrs Churn­side said the vil­lage of­fered re­lief for the el­ders from fi­nan­cial hard­ship.

Michael Walker Se­nior is one of the el­ders look­ing at mov­ing into one of the units.

“I moved away in 1983 and am fi­nally com­ing back home now; I’m get­ting a bit long in the tooth,” he said.

“It is too flash, I don’t know if I will want to touch any­thing when I move into these houses.

“It’s a lot dif­fer­ent to what Homes West used to give us.”

Pil­bara MLA Bren­don Grylls did the cer­e­mo­nial hon­our of cut­ting the rib­bon along­side Ngar­luma el­ders Pansy Sambo and David Walker.

Mr Grylls said the pro­ject high­lighted how much hard work Abo­rig­i­nal cor­po­ra­tions had put in to im­prove the Roe­bourne com­mu­nity.

“This pro­ject wraps love and sup­port around the old peo­ple,” he said.

A high­light of the open­ing cer­e­mony for many was the tra­di­tional dance by Ngar­luma men and boys.

Ngar­luma el­der Pansy Sambo even got caught up in the mo­ment and got up to join them briefly as the group danced.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Adrian Gui­ness and Pa­trick Churn­side dance

at the open­ing of the Ngar­luma el­ders

vil­lage.

Ngar­luma boys and men fol­low Pa­trick Churn­side in some tra­di­tional danc­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony.

Peter Stevens and Ja­maine and Pa­trick Churn­side dance at the open­ing of the Ngar­luma el­ders vil­lage.

Jerome Wachter, 10, fol­lows Pa­trick Churn­side in a dance to open the Ngar­luma el­ders vil­lage.

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