Animated videos combining the Aboriginal story of water with how water is managed by the Northern Territory Government were launched in Katherine today.
The videos, produced by Mystic Media as part of a collaboration between the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security (DEPWS) and Yandamah Indigenous Corporation, tell the story of water and how this vital resource is managed in the Territory.
DEPWS Water Resources executive director, Amy Dysart, said the videos explain the Department’s role in managing water and how community members can have a say in the process.
“Water plays a vital role in supporting life, lifestyles and livelihoods,” Ms Dysart said.
“World Water Day is an opportunity to change how we tell the story of how the government manages water and we hope these videos help us achieve this aim.
“Our partners have reflected how important and vital water is for the social and economic future of the communities in the Territory.
“Today’s launch marks the culmination of an effort bringing together the illustrations of renowned Aboriginal Australian artists, with the voice of multi-talented artist Kamahi Djordon King, a Gurindji man born in Katherine.
“It tells the story of how water is managed in the Territory, and what rights local community members have to be involved in the process, and how to have a say.
“The visual and voiceover artists represent communities including Lajamanu, Willowra, Nyrippi and Yuendumu, Mount Allan (Yuelamu) and Alice Springs (Mparntwe).
“It was exciting to come together today in Katherine, to catch up with each other, see the final videos, and celebrate what can be achieved when we work together.”
To view the English version of the video go to here
To learn more about water management, visit depws.nt.gov.au/water