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Mangarri Palya Community Cooking and Nutrition Project



The Mangarri Palya Community Cooking and Nutrition Project was run in the four western desert communities of Kintore, Mt Liebig, Papunya and Ikuntji in the Northern Territory.

The project was created in response to the need for improved knowledge and practices of nutrition and healthy cooking for Aboriginal people living in remote communities in central Australia. The main components of the project were:

Support for the project was provided by the Ngurra Ninti: Clever for Housing, Healthy House Living Skills Project.

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Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation
3 Ghan Road
Alice Springs NT 0870
PO Box 8274
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8953 4488
Fax: (08) 8953 4577

Related publications

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation (2010)

Mangarri palya (cooking good food).

Central Australia: Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

This recipe book is a collection of recipes developed during the Mangarri palya community cooking and nutrition project. The project focused on running training for community cooking leaders, running community events, and promoting nutrition and healthy lifestyles in the four western desert communities of Kintore, Mt Liebig, Papunya and Ikuntji in the NT.

In each community, local cooking leaders worked with the Mangarri palya project worker to create recipes, some old favourites for the community and some new. These recipes have been collected and used to create a cook book which is simple to use, with numerous photos and illustrations.

The Mangarri Palya community cooking and nutrition program has finished, and the cookbook is no longer online.

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Last updated: 17 February 2017
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