Yiyili is a large Aboriginal community, located 110 km west of Halls Creek on the fringe of the Margaret River floodplain.
The community was established in 1981 on land excised from the Station pastoral lease. Back then Norman Cox, Mervyn Street and other significant Gooniyandi people, with the help of Steve Hawke, petitioned the State Government of the time to create their own community. The original community has relocated at least three times in the last two decades due to flooding.
It was exciting times when the community was built and the Gooniyandi community decided they wanted to build their own school, preferring not to send them to boarding schools in the region.
The Yiyili Independent School caters for students in kindergarten to Year 10 from Yiyili and the surrounding outstations of Ganinyi, Girriyoowa, Goolgaradah, Kurinyu and Rocky Springs. A daily bus service operated by the school collects students from other nearby communities including Moongardie 30 km away.
In 1990 a clinic and store was built and a community office building was erected in 1996. The store is owned by the people of Yiyili. Art, painting, carving and craft making had always been an important part of local culture and in 1998 the art gallery was officially opened and named Laarri.
Our communities are alive and full of stories about how they came to be and why that place in country is important for health and culture.
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