Case Study: Mutitjulu Foundation
Established by Voyages in 2003, the Mutitjulu Foundation aims to raise money to fund projects for the local Aboriginal communities, Mutitjulu, Docker River and Imanpa, and others in the immediate area. The Foundation's goals are to remove disadvantage by supporting the local communities in the vitally important areas of health, education and economic prosperity. With the ongoing help of guests, staff and corporate contributions the Foundation has reached well over $1,000,000 to date.
To improve the well-being of the Anangu people, from Mutitjulu and their neighbouring communities, through improved health, education and greater economic and social participation.
The Mutitjulu Foundation promotes and facilitates successful participation in education, health and well-being, skills development, employment and sustainable enterprise development for Anangu people.
Construction of an elderly respite care centre at Mutitjulu Community [September, 2007]
The construction of the respite centre at the Mutitjulu Community represented the first major project that the Mutitjulu Foundation committed to, and was identified as the priority need by members of the Mutitjulu Community after extensive and ongoing consultation. The centre was opened at a ceremony for the community on 13 September 2007.
The respite centre is the result of a complete upgrade of previous facilities and the construction of new buildings and amenities. Built to provide much needed day respite facilities to support Mutitjulu elderly, the centre allows residents to meet for help with their daily needs, receive nutritious meals and participate in activities such as arts, crafts and games, as well as providing a location of safe amenity.
The centre is managed by staff from Frontier Services, a national agency of the Uniting Church which has responsibility for ministry and community services in remote areas of Australia. With a cost of around $400,000, the respite centre has been funded by the Mutitjulu Foundation with a significant contribution from the Federal Department of Health and Ageing.
Community Recreation Hall 
In 2011, the Foundation supported the reconstruction of a community recreation hall, made possible with funding from parent group GPT, the Central Land Council and Federal Governments. The hall has kitchen and dining facilities and includes a training area, an area for women's business, a facility for genealogy research and an office for a Youth Worker. And outdoors there is a shaded basketball court for sport and recreation.
Part sponsorship of a book promoting the Tjanpi Desert Weavers 
Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a not-for-profit Aboriginal social enterprise established in 1995 by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council, to provide an income source for women living in remote Central Australian communities. Today more than 400 Aboriginal women artists from 28 remote communities, covering 350,000kms2 of the western and central Australian desert, work with Tjanpi Desert Weavers to create beautiful, intricate and whimsical fibre art.
The Mutitjulu Foundation provided financial support for the publication of the Tjanpi Desert Weavers book which features stories and first-hand interpretations from key weavers in the movement. It also showcases extensive weaving techniques as well as an extensive history of the weaving art-form. It is illustrated with hundreds of colour photos of the women and their work, from the very early days of Tjanpi to the present.
For more information visit www.tjanpi.com.au
Mutitjulu Community Carnival - Celebrating 30 years Solid Rock
The Mutitjulu Foundation provided financial support to help fund 'Other side of the Rock', a unique concert to celebrate the 30th anniversary of 'Solid Rock!' as part of the Mutitjulu Community Carnival - A Family Celebration of Culture, Sports, Music and Dance. This initiative by the Mutitjulu Community, in collaboration with Goanna Arts and Eudoxus Arts, showcased Shane Howard and special guests Archie Roach, Amy Saunders, Bart Willoughby, Dan Sultan, Emma Donovan, John Butler, Natalie Pa'apa'a, Neil Murray, Warren H. Williams, Will Barton and the children of the APY Lands singing "Puli Kunpungka" (Solid Rock). The day provided a rare glimpse inside the community for guests staying at the Ayers Rock Resort.
Other projects the Foundation has supported over the years include:
- Renovations to the youth recreation centre at Mutitjulu Community
- Provision of educational equipment to the Mutitjulu Primary School
- Sponsorship of 20 community members to attend the Garma Festival in Arnhem Land to learn about festivals and eco-tourism
- Sponsorship of Imanpa Rangers to attend Land Management Conference in Africa to assist in Land Management and tourism at Angus Downs Indigenous Protected Area
- Assistance to raise funds for Kids-to-Coast program for Mutitjulu children
- Strong Women - Health & Culture project taking 45 women from Docker River and Mutitjulu and APY lands Communities to Alice Springs for breast screening and performing at Mbantua festival
Many new projects are currently being undertaken and considered, these include;
- Mountain Bike Program in Mutitjulu as a Youth Diversionary Program
- Purchase of Sports and Music equipment for Mutitjulu Recreation Centre
- Contribution to Ernabella Art Centre disabled toilets facilities
- Purchase of media and sports equipment for the recently reopened recreation centre at Docker River
- Working with other agencies to have a permanent Renal facility available for local communities
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
As an individual you can make a lasting difference by:
- Organising a fundraiser in your community, office, local school
- Make a donation online, mail or deposit into the Foundation bank account
For guests staying at Ayers Rock Resort
As a guest at Ayers Rock resort, if you're not part of a group, we take the liberty to charge a donation of $3 to your room account which is of course entirely voluntary and can be increased or removed easily on request. Ayers Rock Resort will match all guest contributions dollar-for-dollar, up to $200,000 each year. Additional donations may be charged to your room account or you can make cash donations in the collection boxes located throughout the resort retail areas and at the Ayers Rock Airport.
Your contribution will help make a big difference, improving health, providing education and relieving poverty in the local communities - thank you.
Businesses can play a large part in the Foundation, from their contribution of much needed funds to donations in kind and the sponsorship of programs.
Here are some ideas for you as a business on how you can support the Mutitjulu Foundation;
- Hold a fundraising event
- Help spread the word by incorporating information about the Foundation (along with an opportunity to make a donation) at industry conferences and trade shows, in presentations to clients and at schools
- Use fundraising as a team building activity within your workplace
- Find out more about the Mutitjulu Foundation and promote discussion with your friends, family and colleagues
Your collaborated efforts can help make a big difference. Let us know how you're planning to support the Mutitjulu Foundation and we will provide support for your efforts.
Make a donation in branch
You can make a donation at any Westpac branch or via EFT using our account details:
Account Name: ILC Mutitjulu Foundation
BSB: 032 006
Account Number: 464355
If you make an EFT donation and would like a tax receipt please email email@example.com indicating the amount that has been donated, the organization or individual it has been donated by and the date it was put into the account.
Make a donation by mail
Cheques should be made payable to ILC Mutitjulu Foundation and posted to:
ILC Mutitjulu Foundation, PO Box 135, YULARA NT 0872
Mandy Pearce - Foundation Manager
Phone +61 (0)8 8957 7777
Mobile +61 (0)4 38 450 412
Postal Address: PO Box 135 YULARA NT 0872