The George Institute has been working with Yuwaya Ngarra-li, a community-led partnership between the Dharriwaa Elders Group and UNSW Sydne, and NSW government to find a solution to high sodium levels in the bore water in Walgett, NSW, Australia.
In April 2019, a Food Forum was held in Walgett, hosted by the Yuwaya Ngarra-li partnership. The forum was attended by over 50 people from all aspects of the Walgett community.
Dr Jacqui Webster of The George Institute presented at the Forum on the sodium levels in the water and effective community interventions to improve the food environments worldwide; and has been providing ongoing expert comment on the health risks of the bore water in Walgett.
Recent NSW government commitment of funding to remove salt from the emergency bore water in Bourke and Walgett is welcome.