Welcoming community back to the Pool

A refreshing update – the pool is back open! On Saturday 10 September our Directors, Dean Mosquito and Arron Little joined Shire President Malcolm Edwards and Rec. Centre Manager Ryan Chapman in formally re-opening the pool. Closed since October 2021, due to a lack of staff, the pool had deteriorated, and was at risk of being condemned. However, new Shire CEO Phillip Cassell saw hope for the pool, and upon the successful recruitment of the Rec. Centre Manager work to bring the pool back began.

Over 4-5 month period, the pool was drained, cleaned, repaired and re-filled. The hard work and persistence of the Shire Rec. crew was admirable, and the work paid off, with a sparkling blue oasis back in the middle of Halls Creek. Olabud Doogethu Directors Dean Mosquito and Arron Little, along with Elder Josie Farrer and daughter Renata, smoked the leaves of the Ecalyptus tree and the Konkerberry bush, welcoming the community back to the pool site. Walking through the smoke, children and adults alike came with excitement and enthusiasm, and took to the water on what was a beautiful September day.

Our staff look forward to working together with the Shire, the school and other local partners to utilise the Pool and the Rec. Centre as part of our ongoing efforts to improve experiences and outcomes for our young people and their families.

Kutjungka Program pilot: the journey so far.

Kutjungka Program – the journey so far – April 2022

With funding from the Federal Government granted in 2021, Olabud Doogetha was able to launch the Kutjungka Project pilot, employing country men and women as Community Navigators to operate in the remote desert communities of the Kutjungka region.

The role of Community Navigators is to connect members of community with services, identify strengths and weaknesses in current service provision and discover the key priorities of each community, so as to assist in finding the best way forward.

Community Navigators conducted household surveys in early 2022. Click the link above to see the full report.