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Indigenous communities recently gathered at Nullagine, in remote Western Australia (WA), for the first of three Western Desert Sports Council sports carnivals set for 2012.
Visitors travelled from Punmu, Jigalong, Warralong, Kiwirrkurra, Nullagine and Parnngurr for the four-day event, which included sports such as football and softball, along with entertainment and activities for children.
'Sports carnivals are very important to these communities and usually bring hundreds of families and friends together to participate and support their teams,' said Newcrest Mining's Community Relations Superintendent at Telfer, Mr Leon van Erp.
Newcrest has worked closely with Indigenous communities in the region for several years, and supported the recent formation of the Western Desert Sports Council as the principal organiser of the carnivals.
Additional activities at the Nullagine carnival included face-painting, music workshops, colouring-in and story-telling. Nightly concerts, featuring local Indigenous talent, kept the crowds entertained, while clown doctors helped raise awareness of good personal hygiene habits amongst children, such as hand-washing and teeth-brushing.
Source: Pilbara Echo
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