Noongar stories are Neil’s passion
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.”
NoongarDandjoo presenter Neil Coyne.