Amanbidji Community – formerly the Duracks’ Kildurk Station- is 450km south west of Katherine along the Victoria Highway and a station track through gates and river crossings past conical jump-up hills.
The small close-knit community’s proud traditional language and heritage is Ngarinyman. But the older members also express pride in being part of the cattle industry’s history.
The school has enjoyed relatively stable staffing and has won Territory awards for gardens and water conservation, as well as commendable results in National testing. There are up to 17 students between Transition and Year 6.
Police and medical needs are served from Timber Creek, 2 hours away, and there is a reliable airstrip and a small shop.
The families enjoy fishing in some permanent springs and waterholes about 10km away and grandmothers can be seen exploring for bush tucker in the late afternoons. A nearby escarpment provides a beauty that shelters the special Emu Dreaming rock.
Water supply, secondary education, isolation during The Wet, nutrition and the effects of problems such as grog, continue to challenge for this relatively peaceful tidy and proud community.