Our journey so far

 
 Ngukurr School teachers 1989. Photo source: St Mathews Anglican Church, Ngukurr 

Ngukurr School teachers 1989. Photo source: St Mathews Anglican Church, Ngukurr 

 Cherry Daniels lecturing about leadership, project planning and cultural identity at the eastern Arnhem Land women ranger's gathering 2016

Cherry Daniels lecturing about leadership, project planning and cultural identity at the eastern Arnhem Land women ranger's gathering 2016

 Macquarie University students from Ngukurr: Shania Miller, Ernest Jnr Daniels and Melissa Wurramarrba, 2017. Photo source: The Australian 31/8/2017

Macquarie University students from Ngukurr: Shania Miller, Ernest Jnr Daniels and Melissa Wurramarrba, 2017. Photo source: The Australian 31/8/2017

 Ngukurr Wi Stadi Bla Kantri Research team won the 2017 Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science, pictured with Australia's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel.

Ngukurr Wi Stadi Bla Kantri Research team won the 2017 Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science, pictured with Australia's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel.

 Macquarie University staff with Ngukurr community members Kevin Rogers, Helen Rogers, Daphne Daniels and Pollyanne Ponto discussing Wuyagiba Study Hub plans, Ngukurr, May 2018.

Macquarie University staff with Ngukurr community members Kevin Rogers, Helen Rogers, Daphne Daniels and Pollyanne Ponto discussing Wuyagiba Study Hub plans, Ngukurr, May 2018.

From 1987-1989 five now Elders from Ngukurr, graduated with a Bachelor Arts in Education from Deakin University, including Cherry Daniels, Kevin Rogers and John Joshua. In 1989, most teachers at Ngukurr School were locals (see photo to left).

These five people are the only Aboriginal University graduates from Ngukurr Community. 


In 2008, supported by the Sidney Myer Fund, Dr Ens (through ANU's People on Country project) started working with Ngukurr Elder Cherry Daniels, the Yugul Mangi Rangers and Ngukurr Community on a range of cross-cultural environment projects. 

Over this time, the team became known as the  Ngukurr Wi Stadi Bla Kantri (We study the Country) Research team.

In 2015, a young people's empowerment project, called the Yangbala Project in kriol, was created (funded by The Nature Conservancy) to take young Aboriginal people out on-Country and help develop their work-ready skills. 


In 2017, the first three young people from Ngukurr community in 30 years, started studying at university. 

They enrolled in Education, Science and the Foundation Course (going into Environmental Management) at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Students are supported by Macquarie University, Walanga Muru Aboriginal Student Support Unit and Dr Emilie Ens.

 


In 2017, the Ngukurr Wi Stadi Bla Kantri Research Team, led by Dr Ens, Elder Cherry Daniels OAM and the Yugul Mangi Rangers won the 2017 Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science. Learn more. 

In 2018, two students. Melissa Wurramarrba and Ernest Daniels, were announced as finalist and semi-finalist in the Northern Territory Young Achiever of the Year Awards.

 


In May 2018, staff from Macquarie University, including Pro Vice Chancellor Dr Leanne Holt, went to Ngukurr and Wuyagiba on a scoping trip for the Wuyagiba Study Hub. Here they met with the Traditional Owners and Jungayi of Wuyagiba (who signed a site use agreement) and conducted informal interviews with 25 students for the Trial of the first Tertiary Preparation Course to be run in September 2018.  

Following the success of these partnerships, Ngukurr community would like the University to come to them – to a Bush University – the Wuyagiba Region Study Hub.


 
Yugul Mangi means “all of us together” in the local Aboriginal language.