GoldfieldsGirls2017: Leonora Heat Success!

Friday night in Leonora and the street outside the Leonora Recreation Centre was a buzz of excitement, friends, family and passersby were queuing to get in for the inaugural GoldfieldsGirl2017, Leonora heat. Walkatjurra Cultural Centre were proud to host Goolari Media in the very first heat of the GoldfieldsGirl in Leonora. Everyone on the community came out to show support for the Girls and the Goolarri team were strongly supported by community members who helped in judging, makeup, MC’ing and all of those tasks that show how a community cares.

The event that took these young ladies from being sisters, cousins, daughters, granddaughters to role models, the eyes of young girls in the audience light up with a spark “I could be like them!

In what was probably one of the hardest decisions ever, the judges chose three young women to represent Leonora in the GoldfieldsGirl2017 Finals event in Kalgoorlie on 2nd June 2017.

A special mention to the Walkatjurra Artists who’se Walkatjurra Scarves were beautifully worn with pride by GoldfieldsGirls.

Are you the first Goldfields Girl?

Walkatjurra Cultural Centre is proud to announce that we have formed a partnership with Goolarrie Media to run the first Goldfields Girls event in Leonora. Goolarrie Media have successfully run Kimberley Girl for 14 years and Pilbara Girl for 7 years. This year is the first time we will host Goldfields Girls.

We are calling for any girls in Leonora, Laverton, Menzies, Mt Margaret and Mulga Queen to register for Goldfields Girls – Leonora heats in May 2017.

To register please call: 08 9195 5333 or leave a message at 08 9467 6046.

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Leonora Job Seekers Optimistic

We have 15 young people participating in this training and each are very keen to find a job. One participant drives from Menzies every day (220km return trip) to participate in the training. I would like to talk with local mining companies and contractors in the Leonora, Laverton, Wiluna and Menzies Shires on how they might support these trainees to find a job.

Contact me on 0477184957 or via this website

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Walkatjurra Artists Learn New Skills

The Walkatjurra Cultural Centre operating out of Leonora in the North Eastern Goldfields is building on its relationship with Max Employment – Goldfields Employment Training Service Pty Ltd (Gets) under the federal governments work for the dole CDP program to help aspiring Aboriginal artists develop and refine their skills.

Over the next two weeks of February, Aboriginal artists in Leonora, Laverton, Mulga Queen and Mt Margaret will get the opportunity to work with nationally accredited arts centre management and artists support trainer Charles Street. Charles’s extensive training experience includes both accredited and non-accredited arts skill set delivery for emerging and professional artists, to small business training for artists and arts workers. Charles established professional arts service body Black Square Arts to support to a number of Indigenous Arts Centre’s in Cape York and the Torres Strait. Walkatjurra Cultural Centre invited Charles to come and work with their artists to support the development of the Aboriginal arts sector in the Northern Goldfields.

Walkatjurra Cultural Centre Director Deeva Muir says “We are happy to have Charles work with our artists and our Centre. He has already supported us, in the Art Centre, by taking our services and arts production materials and technicques to the next level of professionalism and in just one day our artists are learning art theory, layout, design and colour to take their works to a higher level.”

Charles will be running workshops in Leonora and Laverton between 13th February to 24th February 2017

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We Host International Artist: Linda Persson

Walkatjurra Cultural Centre are pleased to announce that in partnership with International Art Space, we are hosting Swedish artist Linda Persson. Linda has been in Leonora now for three weeks and is talking, visiting, meeting and learning everything she needs to know about Leonora and our surrounds.

International Art Space is a leading West Australian arts organisation, presenting a program of ambitious and dynamic socially engaged and context-responsive art.
IAS create diverse and challenging experiences for artists and communities through contemporary visual art. Find out more about them at http://three.spaced.org.au/

Linda Persson is a Swedish artist and filmmaker who lives and works between Sweden and the United Kingdom. Her work focuses and questions that which is historically repressed, about to disappear, or already extinct; such as certain languages or technologies. She explores the complexities of our surroundings through a number of different materials and methods; for example sculpture, textile, 16mm film, HD technology and sound. Through fragments of information, true or false, past or present, she allows the audience to participate in her selections, to create their own meanings. Find out more about Linda at http://three.spaced.org.au/north-by-southeast-10

Linda has already done some work at the Leonora Youth Centre, work with the Leonora District High School and talking and sharing with many community based artists and community members. We will be holding a public event with Linda on 31st October for the community to hear how Linda has found her experiences in Leonora. Linda will then return to Sweden, before coming back to Leonora in March 2017. We will then work with Linda in creating a series of artworks for show here in Leonora, in Perth and possibly even in Sweden.

The Walkatjurra Artist Exhibition: Goldfields Art Gallery – 30 Sept to 9 Oct 2014

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The Walkatjurra Artist Exhibition Oct 2014

The Walkatjurra Artists are proud to announce that we will be having an exhibition of our artworks at the Goldfields Art Centre Gallery from 30 Sept to 9 Oct 2014. This exhibition features artworks by our established and emerging artists. The exhibition and production of artworks has been made possible with funding and support from;

  • Goldfields Employment & Training Services (GETS)
  • Shire Of Leonora
  • Minara Foundation
  • Leonora District High School, and
  • Marnta Media Pty Ltd

These works will be for sale at the exhibition.

 

If you are interested in purchasing any artworks from the exhibition, please contact the Goldfields Art Center 08 9088 6900.

Walkatjurra Rangers Green Army Project comes to Leonora

Media Statement released 28/08/22014

The Walkatjurra Rangers is supported by the Australian Government’s Green Army Programme and the Marnta Media Pty Ltd a local Aboriginal family owned company based in Leonora Western Australia.

Marnta Media were successful in securing two Green Army projects this financial year and a third next year under our Walkatjurra Rangers arm. The Walkatjurra Rangers are an Aboriginal land, heritage and environment service creating employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal people in the North Eastern Goldfields region.

Kado Muir, Director of Marnta Media says the Green Army programme gives additional impetus to Walkatjurra Ranger projects that already has links to Creative Industry initiatives, Community Services, Remote Jobs Communities Projects and other Aboriginal employment and training initiatives. “Yesterday I had our first meeting with our Service Provider and we will now be moving very quickly into recruiting young people between ages of 17 to 24 years old to work on our Green Army Projects. We hope to commence our project in November 2014.”

The Green Army is a great opportunity for young Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields. There will be nine places on our Walkatjurra Rangers Green Army team and we are looking for young people in the Leonora community, possibly also from Menzies, Wiluna and Laverton.

We are talking to Training providers to set up a suitable training program to support our projects and more importantly to ensure that each of the young people commencing on our project gain the right level of training to help them find jobs either with us or in the broader community.

Young people or their family interested in being involved in this programme are encouraged to contact us.

 

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Walkatjurra Junior Rangers help CCWA

Walkatjurra Junior Rangers capped off a big year for the Walkatjurra rangers with a field trip helping Dr Nic Dunlop of Conservation Council of WA and the Citizen Science initiative undertake a study at Mt Forrest Nature reserve.

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The junior rangers worked alongside Dr Dunlop to run a ghost net over Wutukumpu spring, trapping, measuring and identifying up to seven species of bat.

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They also set up and monitored traplines, catching small animals like this lizard.

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The Walkatjurra Junior Rangers caught a Painted Snipe at Mt Forrest which is listed as threatened under the EPBC Act and Rare & Likely to Become Extinct under the WA Wildlife Conservation Act. The species declined significantly everywhere early last century and has only been recorded 5 times in Western Australia since 1909.

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All up it was a successful fieldtrip to document and record animals in an cultural and natural environment subject to intense pressures from mining and exploration companies.

 

CORS art links Technology with Tradition: Mt Leonora Aboriginal Site restoration

Video prepared of the relocation of the CORS repeater station from top of Mt Leonora to a location that does not impact Aboriginal heritage. In this video, Walkatjurra Rangers worked with junior Walkatjurra Artists to paint the CORS station as a final part of the relocation and restoration of heritage values on Mt Leonora.

Papinmaru the DVD that launched the Walkatjurra Junior Rangers

Back in 2007 several youth from the Walkatjurra Cultural Centre made a video about goanna (papinmaru) hunting in the goldfields. They entered a short three minute version into the international Lonely Planet “less than three” short film competition. They beat hundreds of entries to take runner up.

A longer 15m version of ‘Papinmaru’ is available for purchase as DVD. Contact the WCC for detail.

Fat-tailed Dunnart – Spotted!

Here the Walkatjurra Rangers captured some valuable footage of the Fat-tailed Dunnart (Sminthopsis crassicaudata), a native marsupial not often seen by many due to is nocturnal habits.

The motion sensor camera’s have a red LED light that activates when they are triggered to record. You can see the little guy staring straight at it, having never seen anything like it before!

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