We are planning our latest Indigenous Bike Project which will be executed in the coming weeks, in the extremely remote community of Tjuntjuntjara WA!
Tjuntjuntjara is arguably Australia’s remotest Aboriginal community. 700km east of Kalgoorlie in the Great Victoria Desert, Tjuntjuntjara is closer to the South Australian border. It is home to the Spinifex people.
It takes an hour and a half by light plane Tjuntjuntjara from Kalgoorlie. The mail plane flies in once a week, and the truck supplying the food store comes only once a fortnight. If the weather is bad and the unsealed road is cut, supplies can be held up for weeks.
Gordon Jacob is the Community Development Officer and he’s been working with the community for many years. The community, he says, is a strong and happy community, with none of the problems of alcohol abuse and petrol sniffing that affects other Aboriginal communities.
There is no police station here, and no apparent need for one. The health service manager, Katie Pennington, says it’s the safest and friendliest remote community she ever been to.
But Tjuntjuntjara faces the challenges of how to grow and sustain itself in the future, as the elders who founded the community grow older and without an obvious economic base for adults.
See this link for more info from the ABC article regarding the development challenges for Tjuntjuntjara: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/06/18/3527897.htm
We are sending 50 bikes to help the local community. The Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School has helped make this project happen, and generously funded the container and a large part of the transport. Our current hurdle is getting the bikes from our bike workshop in Melbourne, to Adelaide for the inland haulage.
Many thanks to all others involved: donors, sponsors, fans, supporters & volunteers! We’ll keep you posted regarding the progress!!