One of Walgett's Food and Water For Life Working Group projects is now underway thanks to funding from UNSW-GWI and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment.

SMK Surveyors undertook the survey of the Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service Community Garden so that the ground can be prepared for appropriate placement of the new water efficient garden beds. Credit: Dharriwaa Elders Group

The Food and Water for Life Working Group supports Dharriwaa Elders Group (DEG) and Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service (WAMS) to progress Walgett food and water security projects. So far, the growing group includes people from Walgett Local Aboriginal Land Council, Walgett AECG, Walgett Shire Council, Walgett Community College, Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit Health Protection NSW, Mission Australia and DEG's Yuwaya Ngarrali collaborators from the George Institute and UNSW-GWI.

Thanks to a financial contribution from UNSW-GWI, SMK Surveyors surveyed the Community Garden last week - the first step in DEG's Yuwaya Ngarrali Water Efficient Community Garden project being undertaken by WAMS with UNSW student group, Impact Engineers.

Financial assistance from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment will pay for the installation of 48 new water-efficient garden beds so that the Community Garden's output will be increased, and it will be more water efficient and stable regardless of climate.

Dharriwaa Elders Group