Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

2014 winner

Category  A – incorporated organisations

 

 “Women are strong with their culture and knowledge, with the language and with ceremonies as well as teaching the young ones—leading the way.” – April Martin, Waltja Chairperson

Waltja is a pioneering initiative of the Central Australian communities’ strong women leaders. It supports communities over a 90,000 km² area to address economic disadvantage and ensure local voices are heard. It provides key services to help the community grow, including training and employment opportunities and projects to maintain family and culture and encourage greater economic independence.

Waltja’s social enterprise investments make a real difference to people’s lives, and address needs often overlooked by government funding programs, including disability support care, emergency relief and a ‘culture car’ that can be hired by families to attend significant cultural events.

Waltja highlights the important influence and leadership women have in communities, and works hard to improve outcomes for families in some of the most remote areas of Australia.

“Culture is at the very core of what Waltja does. It responds to the needs of its community by being inclusive and doing things the Waltja way.” – Emma White, IGA judge