Stories of Great Southern’s Noongar community to be captured on screen

Sarah MakseAlbany Advertiser
Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens with SAC's Sri Mallela, Asha Bhat and Oscar Colbung with the Lotterywest cheque.
Camera IconAlbany MLA Rebecca Stephens with SAC's Sri Mallela, Asha Bhat and Oscar Colbung with the Lotterywest cheque. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Connecting generations of Noongar storytellers is the aim of a new year-long video documentary project in the pipeline at Southern Aboriginal Corporation.

The Great Southern Noongar Story Project aims to preserve the cultural knowledge of Noongar elders and give a platform to the region’s emerging leaders through the creation of short videos.

The project has secured $208,230 from Lotterywest in a bid to foster intergenerational connections and strengthen the community’s resilience in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Southern Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Asha Bhat said the team would employ a professional film company to record up to 100 videos interviewing people from the Great Southern.

“Some filming will occur on-country throughout the Great Southern region, while some filming will occur within Great Southern regional communities and townsites,” she said.

Ms Bhat said the storytellers would shape the content of the videos based on what was important to them.

“Some stories will be based on personal experiences or experiences of their family, others will be about places and information sharing on flora and fauna,” she said. SAC is on the lookout for an officer to run the project and aims to showcase the films at a community event once completed.

“This project is aligned with supporting community recovery and resilience as well as strengthening community wellbeing, mitigating the long-term impacts of the pandemic and supporting recovery to those experiencing hardship,” Ms Bhat said.

“The Great Southern Noongar Story Project is focused on reconnecting a vulnerable section of the community to recover from the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has created.”

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