Kadjina community is situated on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert approximately 2 hours drive SW of Fitzroy Crossing. It is accessed by unsealed road, either via Noonkanbah on the Northern side of the Fitzroy River or via Yakanara on the southern side of the Fitzroy River.
The location of the Kadjina community near the southern foothills of the St George Ranges is significant in terms of traditional associations with mythical ancestors connected to Walmajarri and Nyikina Law. On Aboriginal Millijiddee Station at the bottom edge of St George’s Ranges the name comes from Aboriginal Dreaming Story (2 dogs).
Elder, Elsie Laurel says that the cattle industry out Kadjina way is strong and Aboriginal people are running it. The community is strong as it has an independent school, a clinic (with a monthly circuit) and a community office at the school.
Elsie says the community is important as it allows old people to stay on country and keep the culture continuing on. She likes that kids come back to country and go out to learn about bush tucker like koonkerberries, bush onions. With approximately 16 houses, Kadjina offers a quiet place compared with the larger communities that are crowded.
Some Aboriginal people of the Fitzroy Valley were able to stay on traditional lands after colonial settlement by remaining to work hard on pastoral stations. After the 1967 referendum governmental policies and lack of support saw many Aboriginal pastoral workers left in Fitzroy Crossing. Some left in their own right in protest against poor management, low wages, and poor living conditions on the stations. In Fitzroy Crossing Kadjina and Yungnora people moved to the middle and bottom reserves a powerhouse.
Millijiddee Station was originally part of the Noonkanbah lease – before it was excised as a separate lease in 1982. Kadjina acquired the lease in 1988.
The first houses at the community were constructed with assistance from the WA State Government in 1989. Back then everyone was living in tents, there were no phones – only a radio to get fuel out to the community when needed. Marra Worra Worra helped with bookkeeping and housing plans.
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.