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    2018 - 12.21

    NGALLU Wall’s efforts in building stronger Aboriginal families have paid off.
    Nanjing Night Net

    The Doonside organisation recently won the ZEST outstanding project award for working with Aboriginal communities.

    The ZEST awards celebrate the importance of a diverse community sector to promote a positive image of western Sydney.

    Ngallu Wall is part of the Closing the Gap in Indigenous Disadvantage initiative which aims to halve the gap in reading, writing and numeracy achievements for children, and ensure access to early childhood education for all Indigenous four-year-olds.

    Ngallu Wall opened in February last year after three years of hard work.

    It is staffed predominantly by Aboriginal workers and run by a community advisory board.

    An elders group meets fortnightly to reads stories to children in the childcare centre.

    Centre manager Leonnie Herczeg stressed the importance of working in partnership and not competing with other services.

    Homelessness, domestic violence, drugs, rehabilitation and school attendance are some of the concerns she handles on a daily basis.

    “The best thing you can do is give someone your time,” she said.

    “Many people here have had a hard life, but they know what works. I want to empower every individual that comes to me by listening, acting and sometimes praying together,” she said.

    There are two consulting rooms available for use by doctors, community nurses, paediatricians and ante and post-natal services.

    Ngallu Wall works with allied services including Blacktown Hospital, Northcott Disability Services, Ability Options and local legal services.

    Also at the centre is the Youth Hope Initiative for ages 9-15 at risk of serious harm, a yarning circle, a Koori Dance Group and women’s collective.

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