Craft days

Roe­bourne group the place to be

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

A home-grown pro­gram to help Roe­bourne res­i­dents ex­plore their cre­ative side has been boosted by a fund­ing com­mit­ment from a lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Val and Cathy’s Crafty Kitchen was formed last year, of­fer­ing res­i­dents some time out to take on craft ac­tiv­i­ties while re­ceiv­ing a healthy feed.

Co-founder Cathy Brooker said the group had grown to about 25 peo­ple since start­ing last year.

“We started the crafty kitchen off last year be­cause some ladies said they wanted some­where to go to do craft and get to­gether to have a yarn,” she said.

“We like this sort of work, we like the peo­ple in the com­mu­nity, and we knew this is what they wanted.”

Ms Brooker said they hoped to ex­pand the group to re­mote com­mu­ni­ties in the fu­ture.

At the re­cent Un­sung Hero Awards, Ngar­li­yarndu Bindirri Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Su­san Shirtliff an­nounced the cor­po­ra­tion would fund the group’s craft and food sup­plies.

Along­side help from Act-Be­longCom­mit, St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety, the City of Kar­ratha and Wir­lu­murra Yind­jibarndi Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion, the sup­port will give long-term se­cu­rity to what was orig­i­nally a self-funded group.

Val Walker said while she didn’t have a crafty bone in her body, she en­joyed cook­ing for the group.

“I guess Cath and my­self have been for­tu­nate in that we have been ac­cepted into the town, so it was easy to come in and work with the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“We have both sold a few things at home over the past year to get a bit of fund­ing in so this sup­port is go­ing to make us able to go for an­other year.”

NBAC chair­man David Walker said he en­joyed see­ing groups have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the com­mu­nity.

“You see these dif­fer­ent things hap­pen­ing when you get to­gether,” he said. “It gets the kids off the street and gives the ladies some­thing to do. It is good to see the ladies get­ting to­gether and talk­ing with each other.”

Mr Walker said he would like one day to see a fam­ily cen­tre opened in Roe­bourne so ev­ery­one could get to­gether in one place.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Val Walker and Cathy Brooker, founders of Roe­bourne's Crafty Kitchen.

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