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The Kimberley Flood Relief, 2023

The Bibbulmun Fund is proud to announce we have granted $380,000 in funding to charities in the Fitzroy River Region after communities were affected by devastating floods in January 2023.


The Bibbulmun Fund has granted funds to: (read more on each below)

• FISH - Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health

• Yanunijarra Ngurra Aboriginal Corp

• Kimberley Football Association

• Bunaba/Yajilarra Festival

• Gurama Yani U





Pictured: Board Member Kim Collard visiting Fitzroy Crossing with Fremantle Foundation's Susan Stepatschuk, FISH Co-Chair Liza Fraser-Gooda and FISH Director Mark Anderson.


FISH - Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health


Kim Collard visited the Fitzroy River region to announce this partnership and give back on the ground. Kim caught up with Mark Anderson from FISH, who had recently received a new all-terrain vehicle through funding from The Bibbulmun Fund.

The vehicle will be used to distribute emergency supplies to surrounding communities and provide office and accommodation space for staff.


FISH’s aim is to develop sustainable health through co-designed community-based programs providing learning experiences in life skills, personal development, and creative initiatives.





Yanunijarra Ngurra Aboriginal Corp


The Yanunijarra Ngurra Aboriginal Corp manages a team of rangers, who carry out conservation and land management work and currently developing a tourism strategy for the Canning Stock Route. They create opportunities for people to work on country, look after country and teach about country.


With assistance from the Bibbulmun Fund, Yanunijarra Ngurra Aboriginal Corp are now able to replace equipment lost due to floods, including small dingo bobcats to remove mud, trailers, a firefighting unit and a mobile kitchen.



Central Kimberley Football Assoc.


The Central Kimberley Football League is an Australian rules football competition in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The league was formed in 1991, representing local Aboriginal communities. In 2022 prior to the floods, there were over 400 registered players wishing to play football in the CKFL.

The grant from Bibbulmun Fund hopes to empower six remote communities with club seed funding to re-engage and participate in the most effective way possible in Central Kimberley Football League competitions.



Bunaba Cultural Conservation Institute/Yajilarra Festival


Project: The Yajilarra festival is an important celebration of language and culture by and for the Bunuba community-based in Fitzroy Crossing. The festival fosters cross-cultural exchange, allowing attendees to immerse themselves in the beauty and wisdom of Bunuba traditions. With a focus on cultural preservation and intergenerational knowledge transfer, the Yajilarra Festival serves as a platform for the Bunuba and wider Fitzroy Communities to come together positively and feel hope for the future by sharing their unique traditions, strengthening cultural pride and promoting understanding of Indigenous culture post the floods.



Bunaba Cultural Conservation Institute/Yajilarra Festival


The Yajilarra festival is an important celebration of language and culture by and for the Bunuba community-based in Fitzroy Crossing. The festival fosters cross-cultural exchange, allowing attendees to immerse themselves in the beauty and wisdom of Bunuba traditions. With a focus on cultural preservation and intergenerational knowledge transfer, the Yajilarra Festival serves as a platform for the Bunuba and wider Fitzroy Communities to come together positively and feel hope for the future by sharing their unique traditions, strengthening cultural pride and promoting understanding of Indigenous culture post the floods.


Gurama Yani U


The Gateway Project (Indigenous Employment Support Initiative) will provide support pathways to sustainable employment and capability building. The Gateway project will benefit men, youth and their families in the Fitzroy Valley by providing employment, training and small business opportunities across the Fitzroy Valley.




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