The first recorded burial, though unmarked, in what is now the Wilcannia cemetery happened in November 1866, when the remains of a man, lost in the bush 4 months before, were interred. His name was not known, the body was dressed in a striped cotton shirt, plaid vest, moleskin trousers and a brown coat, no money or papers were found in the pockets.
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See also "Wilcannia News newspaper" for newspaper contact details (e.g. "letters to the editor")
This dictionary is a great resource for our kids to learn our language that is what I would like to see.” Aunty Norma O’Hara, Ngiyampaa Elder.
The resurgence and maintenance of the Ngiyampaa language has been bolstered by a dictionary published by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) publishing arm, Aboriginal Studies Press.
Ngiyampaa Wordworld: Thipingku Yuwi, Maka Ngiya; Names of Birds and Other Words includes stories, example sentences and songs, a comprehensive list of bird names and other words. The dictionary includes an English to Ngiyampaa finder list to quickly look up words in Ngiyampaa.
The dictionary is a much needed resource to not only learn language, but to strengthen cultural identity for current and future generations.
"This dictionary is invaluable. Having our language available and accessible makes me feel more connected to my country, to my ancestors and increases my sense of pride and strengthens my cultural identity,” Ngiyampaa language project contributor, Ashlee Kearney says.
“I am really excited to share this with my family, especially the younger ones to make sure they are growing up strong and proud."
The usual group gathered at Reconciliation Park on Sunday 29th March to give the somewhat neglected area a bit of attention.
Our youngest participant was Harrison Cain, who thought the street should not just be litter free but gravel free as well, while a couple of our well known senior citizens were true to form and used a fire stick to get rid of large piles of sticks and leaves.
By midday the length of Ross Street had been picked free of litter, the park was litter free, trip hazards around the tables removed, trees pruned, grass mowed and trimmed and a leaky tap repaired.
National Parks will be embarking on a 2014 Campaign promoting our National Parks in the Outback and Rivers regions.
For this region that includes, but not limited too: Sturt, Mutawintji, Paroo-Darling, Kinchega, Mungo, Gundabooka and Toorale …. Via our digital and social mediums in the first instance.
The cooperation with four Commercial Tour Operators licensed for on-park activities have also provided great opportunities for visitors to obtain offers from the same.
As part of its regular maintenance visits to the Wilcannia site the NSW Office of Water discovered that with the current low river levels the water level sensor at Wilcannia was not reading the correct level. Office of Water field staff adjusted the sensor levels and reset the recording device to show the correct level. This resulted in the sudden change in the recorded level at Wilcannia on the 19th of November; the actual water level did not change, it was a change in the recorded value only. It is standard practice at all sites that these sorts of corrections are made as necessary.
We have interviewed a wide range of people. For example, visiting tourists, local renovators and builders, the Mayor, the shire's heritage advisor, police prosecutor, a linguist, small biz bus staff, RSPCA vet, Pedal Power riders tackling the Tour de Darling route- and recently the newly appointed federal minister for Indigenous Affairs, the Hon. Nigel Scullion (we even have a picture of the latter to prove we did it!).
Many of our interviews are spontaneous- such as when we asked 3 members of the Rebel Motorcycle Club who were passing through Wilcannia after their annual ride to Western Australia.
Interviews are also part of our regular broadcast schedule; for example, Maari Ma's dietician talks to us on Tuesday afternoons about healthy eating and cooking choices.
WRRFM is a gift to community.
It is a communication tool which we would like more local groups and community agencies in Wilcannia to use. Research shows that radio is the most effective medium for reaching audiences, whether for relaying information or marketing. It does not cost anything to broadcast community notices of events, employment and training opportunities, birthday calls and cheerios, special occasions etc.
We want community to use their community radio!