Injalak arts & crafts centre
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR AN INTEGRAL, AWARD WINNING ART CENTRE
Situated at Gunbalanya in west Arhem Land is the Injalak Arts & Crafts Centre, a non-profit community enterprise with over 200 members made up of artists and weavers from Gunbalanya and surrounding outstations. Injalak is managed by an incorporated association whose major aims are to provide economic benfits for the residents of Gunbalanya and its outstations and support and enrich the culture of local people.
For its administration, the centre relies on modest government funding. Unfortunately this funding was cut by one third in 2013, seriously impacting the operation of the centre. In response to this, Outback Spirit decided to become a significant financial supporter of the centre. We believe the centre to be an exceptional and integral part of the Gunbalanya community that plays an important role in the artistic and cultural life of traditional Aboriginal artists living in remote communities.
In 1989, the independent review of Aboriginal Community Arts and Crafts Centres determined that subsidising Arts and Crafts Centres was one of the most effective ways to assist Aboriginal communities, enabling Aboriginal people to generate independent income which remains in the community.
helping to shape a brighter future for kandiwal kids
Kandiwal is a small community on the Mitchell Plateau in the North Kimberley. Over the years, Outback Spirit has partnered with Kandiwal across a range of initiatives including education, employment and training. Our exclusive Ngauwudu Safari Camp operates a designated training scheme for local residents and employs community members for tour guiding and various camp duties.
Outback Spirit has also been actively involved in providing schooling for the Kandiwal kids, by providing funding for one of two teachers for the community school over the past two years. We have also accommodated these teachers at our camp, free of charge.
In an effort to assist the community going forward, we recently contributed $190,000 towards a new solar power station that provides free, reliable power that is essential for community development and schooling.