International Day of Rural Women 2019

15 October 2019

Today we celebrate the International Day of Rural Women, and recognise the amazing impact and contribution women and girls in rural areas and Indigenous communities make. 

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Support from Berwick College, Melbourne

27 September 2019

As a long term supporter of the Watarrka Foundation, Berwick College in Victoria have recently held their annual “Watarrka Week”, raising close to $2,000 for the Foundation across a range of student-led events. 

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Support from Ascham School, Sydney

24 September 2019

The Watarrka Foundation has had the privilege of gaining support from students, staff and parents from Ascham School, Sydney. Every two years, students and teachers from Ascham School visit the Watarrka community as part of a school tour to meet the locals and provide any support they can. The Ascham Parents Association recently provided the Foundation with a cheque for $6,000 raised from a school pop-up stall.

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Watarrka Community Fresh Foods Project

28 August 2019

In 2014, the Watarrka Foundation engaged the skills and expertise of Slow Food Hunter Valley to assist in bringing the Watarrka school vegetable garden back to life. Five years on, the veggie garden and fruit orchard have been fully set up and are thriving.

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2019 Sports & Storytelling Festival Comes To A Close

12 August 2019

That’s a wrap! The annual Sports & Storytelling Festival 2019 has come to a close this week as our volunteers and sponsoring organisations return home, and the Watarrka community is left with great memories and a new passion for education.

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Meet Our Chairman

17 July 2019

Over the past 5 years Paul Jensen has played an integral part within the Foundation, delivering a range of projects and being a driving force for donations and corporate sponsorship from his home base in Sydney. 

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NAIDOC Week 2019

8 July 2019

This week is NAIDOC week! NAIDOC week runs from the 7th to the 14th of July and celebrates the culture, achievements and history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and peoples within Australia.

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The Aboriginal Dreamtime

20 June 2019

Aboriginal tribes have been residing in Australia for more than 40,000 years. And with this long history, comes a long line of storytelling and spirituality that has been passed down from generation to generation, and is commonly known as the dreamtime.

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Make a Tax Deductible Donation Before EOFY

17 June 2019

Help us raise much needed funding for our projects within the Watarrka community before the end of financial year! All donations over $2 are tax deductible, and the Watarrka Foundation will provide you with full tax receipt.

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National Reconciliation Week

27 May 2019

This week is National Reconciliation Week! National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a week of celebration, and an opportunity for all Australians to learn about the shared history, culture and achievements of our country, and how we can work together to achieve reconciliation in Australia. 

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Growing Fresh Produce To Support The Local Community

13 May 2019

The Watarrka Primary School fruit and veggie project has been a driving force in increasing awareness within the community on how to grow, maintain and cook healthy foods. The project is led by Christine Munro, teacher at the Watarrka Primary School, who began work on the veggie garden almost 5 years ago. Since then, the garden and orchard have produced abundant crops for the community to enjoy. 

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The Year of Indigenous Languages

23 April 2019

The United Nations have declared 2019 the “International Year of Indigenous Languages”. This came after a shocking finding in 2016, that
around 40 per cent of the worlds languages are in danger of disappearing. At this time, there were an estimated 6,700 languages spoken globally, and around 2,680 of these languages, which are mainly Indigenous, are no longer commonly used, and may be forgotten with
the passing of elder generations.

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The Tradition of Aboriginal Dance

9 April 2019

Traditional and ceremonial Aboriginal Dance has been a part of the Aboriginal culture for thousands of years. Dances played an important role in the spirituality of Indigenous Australian tribes, and each group had different customs when it came to performing and orchestrating these dances.

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Join us in supporting National Close The Gap Day!

21 March 2019

National Close The Gap Day, or NCTGD was started in 2007, launched by Olympic Sprinter Cathy Freeman and Olympic Swimmer Ian Thorpe. The day is an important reminder of the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous life expectancy and health standards within Australia. Now in it’s 12th year, NCTGD aims to raise awareness and close the gap on Australian Indigenous health statistics.

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The second classroom is officially open!

15 March 2019

We’re proud to announce that as of the 9th of March 2019, the second school classroom at Watarrka Primary School has officially been opened! A group of our Foundation Directors, major donors, builders, school staff and the Watarrka community were present for the opening ceremony held at the school. 

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Opening of the second classroom at Watarrka Primary School

5 March 2019

We’re very excited to announce that after months of fundraising and organisation, we will be celebrating the opening of the secondary classroom at the Watarrka Primary School on the 9th of March. This classroom will provide a vital opportunity for the local children to continue their schooling on country, living with their families up until year 10.                  

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A History of Aboriginal Art

13 February 2019

Aboriginal Art is one of the oldest art forms on the planet, and has played an important role within Aboriginal society for thousands of years. Australian Aboriginals don’t have a fully formed written language that can be understood across all tribes, so their artwork played an important role in communicating history, ideas and the dreamtime.            

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Welcome to our newest board member, Josie Gardiner

29 January 2019

We’re very excited to welcome our newest Watarrka Foundation Board Member, Josie Gardiner to the team. Josie has a wide range of skills and experience that she will be bringing to the team, and will be a driving force in implementing our planned projects for 2019.  

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Traditional Aboriginal Foods

14 January 2019

For thousands of years, Aboriginal Australians have been surviving on “bush tucker” and foods provided by the outback. Aboriginals were hunters and gatherers, hunting wildlife to provide meat and gathering fruits, seeds and insects for their daily meals. Each season, weather conditions and geographic location would impact the types of food available, making their diet varied and well balanced.

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Thank you for all of your support this year!

18 December 2018

2018 has been a big year at the Watarrka Foundation, with many projects successfully completed and notable improvements throughout the Watarrka Community. We’d like to take this time to say a huge thank you to all of our donors and volunteers for their support throughout the year. Without your contribution, these projects would not have been possible.

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Sports & Storytelling Festival Wraps Up For Another Year

26 November 2018

Another year has passed with another successful Sports & Storytelling festival coming to a close. The annual festival brings together children from three remote areas (Lila, Areyonga and Finke) to play sports and engage in poetry and storytelling activities, encouraging excitement around education and attending school.

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Improving Health Through Sports & Nutrition

23 November 2018

One of the most important aspects of the Watarrka Foundation’s work within remote NT communities is to encourage and improve the overall health of the community. Since the Foundation’s involvement in the Watarrka and Lilla region, we have implemented a range of projects that aim to improve attitudes towards a healthy and happy lifestyle. 

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Watarrka Region: History & Landmarks

23 October 2018

Aboriginal Australians have been living in the Watarrka region for over 20,000 years, enjoying it's beautiful landscapes, animals and plants. The Traditional Owners of the land are the Luritja and Arrente people, who contributed to the large number of Aboriginal art sites positioned within the Watarrka National Park. 

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Watarrka Founder: Reg Ramsden

17 October 2018

Richard “Reg” Ramsden is the Founder and Director of the Watarrka Foundation. Reg started the Foundation in 2011 after experiencing first-hand the challenges faced by remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. Reg has lived and worked in central Australia for the past 30 years, and has always put a high importance on giving back to the local community and Traditional Owners in any way he could.  

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Advisory Board Member: Manny Bell

25 September 2018

Manny Bell is an Advisory Board Member of the Watarrka Foundation, and a proud descendant of the Wakka Wakka people from Queensland. Manny has worked hard throughout his life to put education at the forefront of everything he does, which has led him to corporate success, becoming a Solicitor at the prestigious Dentons law firm in Sydney.

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Construction has begun on the new classroom.

13 September 2018

The Watarrka Foundation is proud to announce that construction on the new school classroom has begun! After months of fundraising drives and hard work from our internal team, as well as the fantastic support from all of our donors, we have been able to move ahead with the construction of the new classroom at the Watarrka Primary School in Lilla.

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Annual Sports and Storytelling Festival 2018

27 August 2018

The Watarrka Foundation is proud to be a part of the upcoming annual Sports and Storytelling Festival. Running from the 29th to the 31st of August, the festival is expected to be the biggest to date involving approximately 40 children from remote communities as well their teachers, community elders and volunteers from various sponsoring organisations.

The main organisations powering this year’s event are Dentons, Westpac, Poetry in Action, The Watarrka Foundation, Remote Tours and NT AFL.

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10x10 & Watarrka Foundation Charity Event

20 August 2018: Fundraising Event 23rd of August.

The Watarrka Foundation is excited to be a part of the upcoming 10x10 charity fundraising event on the 23rd of August, 2018. The event will be held at Dentons Sydney office in the CBD, Jess Miller will be the MC or “Dragon” for the night, and tickets are available to be purchased at

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Moama Anglican Grammar

June 2018 Student Initiated Fundraiser

Asha and Miller Davies proposed the fundraiser to guess the number of Jelly Beans in a Jar that they bought themselves. Each afternoon they set up their stall and sold guesses. All proceeds was presented to Reg.

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CommBank Foundation Centenary Grant

24 May 2018: $10,000 Grant presented to Watarrka Foundation

Tegan Radloff (CommBank Alice Springs Branch Manager) and her team nominated the Watarrka Foundation to apply for a CommBank Foundation Centenary Grant in February. Our application was successful and Tegan presented Jonathan Trollip (Watarrka Foundation Director) with the $10,000 grant on 24 May 2018 in Alice Springs.

New Classroom at the Watarrka Primary School, Lilla

June 2018: Construction Scheduled to begin

October 2018: Construction & Fit out of classroom completed.

Cranbrook School Aboriginal Art Sale, Sydney

When: 1,2 & 3 June 2018

Where: Cranbrook School, New South Head Road, Bellevue Hill, Sydney

2018 Sports & Story Telling Festival, Lilla

When: 28 September to 2 October 2018

Where: Watarrka Primary School at Lilla

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