Tjuntjuntjara Community Appeals to Australians to help ‘Furnish the Gap’

Located in the southeast of Western Australia, in the Great Victoria Desert (just inside the Great Victoria Desert Nature Reserve), approximately 690km north-east of Kalgoorlie is the remote Aboriginal community of Tjuntjuntjara.

Connected to Irrunytju in the north by a dirt track, access to the community is regulated by entry permits and is difficult due to the surrounding terrain, with food supplies flown in on a fortnightly basis.

Over the last few years, Tjuntjuntjara has grown and now acts as a service centre for surrounding outstations in addition to providing essential services to its local residence of which in the 2011 census there were approximately 162.

In December 2017, the West Australian government announced a major capital works and essential services package to upgrade existing social housing and to improve essential services in the community.

The works on these new properties is nearly complete and in June the residents will receive access to 10 brand new multigenerational houses and 12 upgrades to existing houses.

Not for profit community housing organisation, Community Housing Ltd is the property and tenancy manager of the houses in this remote community on behalf of the Department of Housing.

Whilst the construction works have been funded by the National Partnership in Remote Housing, the community and residents themselves are completely responsible for furnishing their homes.

This presents a big challenge for most community members who are on low incomes. The cost of freight to the community is unaffordable for the residents even to purchase essential household items on a low income.

The Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation (PTAC) manages the Tjuntjuntjara community on behalf of the Spinifex traditional owners and has launched a ‘Go Fund Me’ appeal on behalf of the community to solicit donations in cash and kind. CHL is supporting this community with their appeal as part of their broader community engagement program.

“CHL is committed to community development with dedicated staff who focus on facilitating community development projects which have been generated and are led by community, “says Rachel Lattimore, Community Development Project Manager, Community Housing Ltd.

“CHL’s approach is based on identifying the strengths, knowledge, and capability within communities and developing innovative ideas to create sustainable, resilient, communities. CHL has adopted an Aboriginal Community Strategy, and a Community Development Framework to ensure best practice,”

PTAC can accept gifts or donations on behalf of donors that are tax deductible and directly benefit the community.  They are looking for the public’s assistance to raise money or donate physical items such as:

Storage and transport of all items to Tjuntjuntjara

  • Fridges
  • Bedframes
  • Bedding – blankets, sheets, doona covers
  • Dining furniture sets
  • Kettles
  • Washing machines
  • Household items
  • Furnishings for the Houses
  • Microwaves

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About Community Housing Limited (CHL):

CHL is a national and international provider of community and affordable housing to those disadvantaged through market failure. CHL is a registered charity. Its vision is ‘A world without housing poverty’.

In Australia CHL is the largest community housing provider with over 6,800 properties under management across six states. It also develops affordable housing overseas and has offices in Timor Leste, Chile, PNG, Rwanda, Peru and India.

In WA, CHL manages over 830 properties through its six offices located in Perth, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Broome, Ex-mouth and Kununurra.   In the Goldfields region CHL manages 7 communities including a total of 121 properties ranging between 8 – 32 houses. The communities include Bondini, Katampul (Nambi Village), Mt Margaret, Mulga Queen, Ninga Mia, Tjuntjuntjara, Wongatha Wonganarra.

CHL’s service offering is diverse from providing pathways out of homelessness to crisis, transitional and long term housing, property development, tenancy and property management, and community development to a wide cohort of people in need.

From November, an additional 1,400 properties will be managed by CHL in the NSW’s mid north coast areas of Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Nambucca and surrounding areas as part of the Social Housing Management Transfer Program by the State Government. Recently Queensland based Horizon Housing has announced it is integrating with CHL Group bringing their 2400 properties which will take CHL’s total portfolio to over 11,000 by November 2018.

For more information contact: Preeti Daga at 0430 555 241 or