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Remote Wisdom 
Innovation for remote Australia 
and its relevance to policy 
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Outline 
1.Introduction to Ninti One Limited 
2.New Managing Director 
3.What is remote Australia and what does it mean fo...
Ninti One also manages 
the CRC for Remote 
Economic Participation 
and external 
consultancy projects. 
3 
1. Introducing...
2. What is remote Australia and what does it mean for mainstream Australia? 
4
5 
3. Ninti One’s work
4. Aboriginal Community Researchers 
6 
This unique combination of Aboriginal Community Researchers, matched with the expe...
5. The future for Ninti One 
•The CRC program is under review 
•Indigenous Advancement Strategy 
•Other funding sources 
7
Aboriginal Community Researchers’ 
involvement in the CRC-REP Interplay project
Aboriginal Community Researcher Program 
A network of over 120 Aboriginal Community Researchers employeed across 60 commun...
Participatory Action Research 
10 
CHANGE 
Adapted from: jareddonovan.com/blog/on/research/
Interplay Project 
Investigating the interrelationships between health, wellbeing, education and employment in remote Abor...
Interplay project 
12 
The Interplay is how everything connects together
13
Interplay project 
14
15 
For further information, please contact: Tammy Abbott Email – tammy.abbott@nintione.com.au Phone – (08) 7905-5522 www....
Plant Business
17 
Why Bush Tomato?: 
•an emerging business opportunity with existing market for processed products and potential for exp...
18 
Plant Business project: Sub-project areas: 
•Community engagement and field sample collection 
•Plant Science – geneti...
19 
Plant Business project: Sub-project areas: 
•Community engagement and field collection sub-project – collection of pla...
20 
Plant Business project: Sub-project areas: 
•Plant Science sub-project – genetics and phytochemistry – readily disting...
21 
Plant Business project: Sub-project areas: 
•Plant Propagation and Field Trial – change in initial planned strategy – ...
22 
Plant Business project: Sub-project areas: 
•Seed-banks – risk of the loss of values in plants – international colloqu...
23 
Plant Business project: Sub-project areas: 
•Safeguarding the interests of traditional custodians Kylie Lingard PhD pr...
24 
Project participant sites 
for further information: Slade Lee slade.lee@nintione.com.au 0419 474 251
ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT 
INSLANDER CULTURAL ENTERPRISE 
The Process of Mapping Spinifex Country.
Spinifex Country, GVD in WA
Spinifex Country Detail
Spinifex Country is in the Great Victoria Desert, WA 
•Native Title was determined by Federal Court in bush sitting at Kul...
Mapping Spinifex Country 
•Want to look forward by looking back. 
•Have asked the question, ‘what is the Capital of a remo...
Think of Capital as Treasure 
The primary components of Spinifex treasure seen as follows: 
• Sites of significance 
• Sto...
And of course the National Living Treasures
Mid Year Budget or Treasure Audit 
•Real Exploration: On Ground Bush Expeditions 
•Gems from Previous Projects 
•Historica...
On Ground Expeditions
Vehicles, flat tyres, food, fire….chaos
Gems from Previous Projects
Kulyuru: C.190
Past Projects 
•Heritage projects 
•Arts Project 
•Photographic and video projects 
•Documentation works of the above incl...
Value waiting to be organised
Long Term Deposits: Value in History and Historical Sources 
•Impact times came before contact time in Spinifex Country. 
...
History meets Kulbitjara 1932
Agents of History visit Tuan Tjarlu
The unexplained!
Surveillance of Historical Institutions 
•1. WA State Library 
•2. WA State Records 
•3. SA Museum 
•Searches under Cundee...
Land based expeditions most important treasure hunts of all. Especially once the camel project gave us the opportunity to ...
Logistics were challenging but also fun
Grabbing resources, or all hands on deck. Can we mention the P word…….
Following old memories and tracks
Amazing feeling above but still in the landscape
Fast-tracking the search for sites
In country again
Site visits, the most effective moments for cultural transmission
Data Gathering
Seizing the Chance to Gather Details 
•GPS information taken at every site 
•Images if allowed; site specific, aerial, lan...
Development of Treasure Data Base 
•Crucial to be able to handle all the information gathered from various sources. 
•Cruc...
Hidden Gems
Treasure Maps & Treasure Chests
A wise person said we exist to connect our Ancestors to our Descendants.
Big Place!
Closing remarks 
•With treasure in the bank lots of things are possible. Wealth creates wealth. 
•Community making efforts...
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For further information, please contact: Peter Twigg Email – peter.twigg@nintione.com.au Phone – 08 9037 1147 
Questio...
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Remote Wisdom, Alice Springs. 18 November 2014
Remote Wisdom, Alice Springs. 18 November 2014
Remote Wisdom, Alice Springs. 18 November 2014
Remote Wisdom, Alice Springs. 18 November 2014
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Ninti One hosted an informative, dynamic event to share its recent research projects and early findings.Guests joined for an invigorating and thought-provoking forum about policy issues confronting remote Australia.

This event was held at Ninti One Pty, Desert Knowledge Precinct, Tuesday 18 November 2014.

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Remote Wisdom, Alice Springs. 18 November 2014

  1. 1. Remote Wisdom Innovation for remote Australia and its relevance to policy Tuesday, 18 November 2014
  2. 2. Outline 1.Introduction to Ninti One Limited 2.New Managing Director 3.What is remote Australia and what does it mean for mainstream Australia? 4.Ninti One’s innovative work •Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP) •Other projects 5. The Future 2
  3. 3. Ninti One also manages the CRC for Remote Economic Participation and external consultancy projects. 3 1. Introducing Ninti One Ninti One is a not-for-profit company that builds opportunities for people in remote Australia through research, innovation and community development.
  4. 4. 2. What is remote Australia and what does it mean for mainstream Australia? 4
  5. 5. 5 3. Ninti One’s work
  6. 6. 4. Aboriginal Community Researchers 6 This unique combination of Aboriginal Community Researchers, matched with the expertise of Ninti One Limited in delivering community engagement projects across remote Australia, represents a new model for policy advice and future service delivery.
  7. 7. 5. The future for Ninti One •The CRC program is under review •Indigenous Advancement Strategy •Other funding sources 7
  8. 8. Aboriginal Community Researchers’ involvement in the CRC-REP Interplay project
  9. 9. Aboriginal Community Researcher Program A network of over 120 Aboriginal Community Researchers employeed across 60 communities over the last three years. 9
  10. 10. Participatory Action Research 10 CHANGE Adapted from: jareddonovan.com/blog/on/research/
  11. 11. Interplay Project Investigating the interrelationships between health, wellbeing, education and employment in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander settlements 11 Research questions: 1.What are the relationships between health and wellbeing outcomes and education and employment for individuals and communities living in remote Australia? 2. How effective are targeted interventions in this field? 3. How can policy and practice be better informed by this knowledge to maximise desired health and wellbeing outcomes?
  12. 12. Interplay project 12 The Interplay is how everything connects together
  13. 13. 13
  14. 14. Interplay project 14
  15. 15. 15 For further information, please contact: Tammy Abbott Email – tammy.abbott@nintione.com.au Phone – (08) 7905-5522 www.crc-rep.com/interplay-between-health- wellbeing-education-and-employment Questions?
  16. 16. Plant Business
  17. 17. 17 Why Bush Tomato?: •an emerging business opportunity with existing market for processed products and potential for expansion •grows in the arid zone so presents a commercial prospect in remote Australia •an existing foundation of previous R&D •a good model for other crop development opportunities Overview: Main themes: •selection of improved Bush Tomato varieties as a model for bush food crop development •legal and related strategies for safeguarding the interests of traditional custodians when culture-based products are commercialised
  18. 18. 18 Plant Business project: Sub-project areas: •Community engagement and field sample collection •Plant Science – genetics and phytochemistry •Plant Propagation – conventional and tissue culture •Field Trial – assessment of variation and selection •Seed-banks – risk of the loss of values in plants •Safeguarding the interests of traditional custodians – law PhD
  19. 19. 19 Plant Business project: Sub-project areas: •Community engagement and field collection sub-project – collection of plant materials, GPS locations and stories Partner: RemoteBiz Limited, Business Development Unit Status: completed for 65 sites
  20. 20. 20 Plant Business project: Sub-project areas: •Plant Science sub-project – genetics and phytochemistry – readily distinguish S. centrale from other species – distinguish discrete varieties – negligible glycoalkaloids in mature fruit Partner: Southern Cross University Status: write-up
  21. 21. 21 Plant Business project: Sub-project areas: •Plant Propagation and Field Trial – change in initial planned strategy – seed propagation approach (variability) – tissue culture (clonal) – field trail established (late March 2014) Partners: NT Government, Alice Springs Desert Park and Arid Zone Research Institute Ormandy Plants Pty Ltd, CleanGROW Status: planted and awaiting
  22. 22. 22 Plant Business project: Sub-project areas: •Seed-banks – risk of the loss of values in plants – international colloquium, Canberra, June 2014 at the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University Partner: University of New England Status: write-up
  23. 23. 23 Plant Business project: Sub-project areas: •Safeguarding the interests of traditional custodians Kylie Lingard PhD project – “Practical legal and institutional strategies to support remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s knowledge interests in the commercialisation of native plants” Practical strategies to support the interests of remote Aboriginal peoples in their bush food knowledge Partner: University of New England Status: advanced
  24. 24. 24 Project participant sites for further information: Slade Lee slade.lee@nintione.com.au 0419 474 251
  25. 25. ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT INSLANDER CULTURAL ENTERPRISE The Process of Mapping Spinifex Country.
  26. 26. Spinifex Country, GVD in WA
  27. 27. Spinifex Country Detail
  28. 28. Spinifex Country is in the Great Victoria Desert, WA •Native Title was determined by Federal Court in bush sitting at Kulgarbin in November 2000 •55,000 hectares of pristine land under Native Title •Nganyatjara Lands to the north •Pilki country to the West; soon to be determined NT •Approximately 260 people identify as Spinifex •Southern Pillar of Western Desert Cultural block •Tjuntjuntjara is the major Spinifex community of 180 people and southern pillar of Western Desert culture •Ilkurlka in the middle of claim area on the Serpentine Lakes Road. •Story of Spinifex People goes through Maralinga, Cundeelee mission, Coonana, Yakadunia and Tjuntjuntjara. Insight history of State policies but for another occasion.
  29. 29. Mapping Spinifex Country •Want to look forward by looking back. •Have asked the question, ‘what is the Capital of a remote traditionally oriented community?’ •Have answered this question ‘Capital is based around Traditional Owners with a vast store of knowledge over a substantial land area’ •Assuming it is Traditional knowledge that makes the land of such value. Thus project is to ‘map’ this knowledge.
  30. 30. Think of Capital as Treasure The primary components of Spinifex treasure seen as follows: • Sites of significance • Stories and pathways • Knowledge and practices • History and the people’s story
  31. 31. And of course the National Living Treasures
  32. 32. Mid Year Budget or Treasure Audit •Real Exploration: On Ground Bush Expeditions •Gems from Previous Projects •Historical Sources
  33. 33. On Ground Expeditions
  34. 34. Vehicles, flat tyres, food, fire….chaos
  35. 35. Gems from Previous Projects
  36. 36. Kulyuru: C.190
  37. 37. Past Projects •Heritage projects •Arts Project •Photographic and video projects •Documentation works of the above includes 1000 paintings
  38. 38. Value waiting to be organised
  39. 39. Long Term Deposits: Value in History and Historical Sources •Impact times came before contact time in Spinifex Country. •Border incursions of many sorts were undertaken. Sources can be found on these.
  40. 40. History meets Kulbitjara 1932
  41. 41. Agents of History visit Tuan Tjarlu
  42. 42. The unexplained!
  43. 43. Surveillance of Historical Institutions •1. WA State Library •2. WA State Records •3. SA Museum •Searches under Cundeelee Mission, Ooldea, Karonie, Vic Nature Reserve etc.
  44. 44. Land based expeditions most important treasure hunts of all. Especially once the camel project gave us the opportunity to use helicopter time for mapping.
  45. 45. Logistics were challenging but also fun
  46. 46. Grabbing resources, or all hands on deck. Can we mention the P word…….
  47. 47. Following old memories and tracks
  48. 48. Amazing feeling above but still in the landscape
  49. 49. Fast-tracking the search for sites
  50. 50. In country again
  51. 51. Site visits, the most effective moments for cultural transmission
  52. 52. Data Gathering
  53. 53. Seizing the Chance to Gather Details •GPS information taken at every site •Images if allowed; site specific, aerial, landscape etc. •Country Information •Tjukurrpa Information. Details, directions and orientations. •Kinship details •Historical information; e.g. Nyuntirlka blaze, sorry business
  54. 54. Development of Treasure Data Base •Crucial to be able to handle all the information gathered from various sources. •Crucial for future ‘live management’ of Spinifex Country. •Data Base will have: •GIS capacity for various layered use •Images located by GPS metadata •Kinship and birth details (People) •Tjukurrpa and associated details (Sites) •Links between people, land, story, information and images
  55. 55. Hidden Gems
  56. 56. Treasure Maps & Treasure Chests
  57. 57. A wise person said we exist to connect our Ancestors to our Descendants.
  58. 58. Big Place!
  59. 59. Closing remarks •With treasure in the bank lots of things are possible. Wealth creates wealth. •Community making efforts to secure treasure and make it actively available whilst looking for innovative ways to invest •I agree Australia has a Budget Deficit Disaster
  60. 60. 67 For further information, please contact: Peter Twigg Email – peter.twigg@nintione.com.au Phone – 08 9037 1147 Questions?
  61. 61. 68

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