Eight Mile Community Aboriginal Corporation is situated 22 kilometres east of Fitzroy Crossing on the Great Northern Highway. Originally Gooniyandi elder Jock Shandly asked for land from the station.
The community is known as ‘Joy Springs’; however its registered name with the Office of the Registrar for Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) is ‘Eight Mile Community Aboriginal Corporation’. The actual spring is called Juwardi Ngardi.
The community has developed to support the growing population. Infrastructure and facilities on the community include: corporation office, community workshop, Multi-purpose facility to cater for Playgroup, Homemaker and Sewing services, sports oval, basketball court, under cover meeting area, 15 houses and two shelter dwellings for emergency accommodation.
Currently there are plans to open up the community kitchen for a catering business.
These photos were taken when the Marra Worra Worra Housing Department ran an education session at Joy Springs, presented by Mr James Brown.
Our communities are alive and full of stories about how they came to be and why that place in country is important for health and culture.