Noon­gar sto­ries are Neil’s pas­sion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Pia van Straalen

CLOVERDALE’S Neil Coyne is a proud Noon­gar man whose var­ied history makes him the per­fect host of NITV pro­gram Noon­gar Dand­joo.

Af­ter a 10-year ca­reer as WA’s first Noon­gar pro-wrestler, Coyne moved into ra­dio, dis­cov­er­ing a pas­sion for telling sto­ries that lead him into TV.

“Film and tele­vi­sion is def­i­nitely my new pas­sion now, I love it (and) I get the hon­our of in­tro­duc­ing peo­ple’s sto­ries,” he said.

Coyne has es­tab­lished a deep con­nec­tion to coun­try, and through the pro­gram aims to rep­re­sent the sto­ries of as many Noon­gars as he can, from the South-West up to Ger­ald­ton.

“I was born in a small town called Gnowangerup, but I’m a Noon­gar man, I rep­re­sent all the 40 na­tions of Noon­gars and I want to help tell their sto­ries,” he said.

“The good thing about Noon­gar Coun­try is that it’s such a huge place.

“I’m look­ing for sto­ries not only in the city but in coun­try as well.”

Dand­joo means gath­er­ing in Noon­gar lan­guage and Coyne said the aim of the six-part pro­gram was to es­tab­lish a far­reach­ing cor­ro­boree, telling the sto­ries of peo­ple across the State.

“We have a TV sta­tion in NITV and it’s great to be a part of it and tell our sto­ries.

“Many of us do cor­ro­boree to tell sto­ries or keep it bot­tled up, so Noon­gar Dand­joo is a way to get it out,” he said.

“The best form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion is talk­ing and telling sto­ries.”

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Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell

Noon­garDand­joo pre­sen­ter Neil Coyne.

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