Established by Voyages in 2003, the Mutitjulu Foundation raises money to fund projects in the local Aboriginal communities of Mutitjulu, Docker River, Imanpa, and others in the region around Uluru. The Foundation's goals are to support the local communities in the areas of health, education and social and economic participation. With the ongoing help of guests, staff and corporate contributions the Foundation has provided in excess of $1,000,000 for community-initiated projects since 2010.
Ayers Rock Resort matches all guest contributions dollar-for-dollar, up to $200,000 each year.
With a population of around 2,500, Anangu are the people of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the central desert region who speak Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra. Anangu have traversed their traditional homelands, which covers 103,000km2 throughout the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia, for over 50,000 years. Anangu are proud of their culture and traditions and welcome the opportunity to share this with visitors to Uluru.
Like other remote Aboriginal communities in Australia, Anangu are working hard to overcome social and economic disadvantage. Opportunities are limited and employment scarce due to remoteness and challenges with numeracy and literacy. Anangu usually speak several Aboriginal languages with English being a 4th or 5th language.
Aboriginal Australians experience higher rates of infant mortality, hospitalisation, shorter life expectancy, juvenile detention, incarceration and lower levels of education and employment, compared to other Australians. Factors related to poverty contribute to high respiratory disease and diabetes rates. Mental health issues are of great concern, with Aboriginal youth suicide and self-harm rates being some of the highest in the world.
Resources and facilities to promote wellbeing in remote locations are generally limited. Working together with the federal and local governments, Central Land Council, Ayers Rock Resort and other organisations, the Mutitjulu Foundation raises awareness and funds to help address disadvantages and support Anangu initiatives and projects that help improve health, provide education and encourage greater economic and social participation.
Construction of an Elderly Respite Care Centre at Mutitjulu Community
The construction of the Mutitjulu Aged Care Facility 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 facility was opened at a ceremony for the community on 13 September 2007 and provides for 16 beds, full time care and all of the state of the art nursing facilities.
Mutitjulu Community Place
In 2017 we partnered with Australian Regional & Remote Community Services (ARRCS), Anangu Jobs and Higgins Coatings to renovate the old respite centre into the ‘Mutitjulu Community Place’. The project included the training and employment of local community members. The re-purposed building now provides a base for the delivery of social and health services from one central location, including nutrition programs and confidential counselling services.
Other projects the Foundation has supported over the years include:
- Part sponsorship of a book promoting the Tjanpi Desert Weavers.
- Provided financial support to help fund the 'Other side of the Rock' concert as part of the Mutitjulu Community Carnival.
- 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.
- Purchase of media and sports equipment for the recently reopened recreation centre at Docker River.
- Purchase of Sports and Music equipment for Mutitjulu Recreation Centre.
- Mountain Bike Program in Mutitjulu as a Youth Diversionary Program.
- Yiriman-Mutitjulu Exchange Project 2014.
- Funding sponsorship of Southern NT Indigenous Softball Championship in 2015.
- Completed scope of works for the complete refurbishment of Adult Education Centre, Feb 2015.
- Pyjama Project which supplied night time garments and footwear to the Aged Care Centre sponsored by Australian Society of Travel Writers, Sep 2015
- Installed much needed disabled access to bathroom facilities at Ernabella Arts (Australia's oldest Indigenous art centre).
- Continue to support IT, sports, music and educational equipment and resources for local school and youth programs.
- Support for school holiday programs, including 'Bikes Palya' at Amata (pictured below), offering activities to keep youth positively engaged in healthy lifestyles and transitioning them back into school routines.
Many new projects are currently being undertaken and considered, these include;
- Support for an after-school program for primary school students.
- Funding to deliver education sessions to address mental health concerns by drawing on traditional concepts of wellbeing – connectedness to land, family, ceremony, language and culture.
- Improving health services to people living in remote communities, including support for end-stage renal dialysis.
- Partnering with others to deliver formal leadership, governance and professional development training to young adults and build their capacity to take control of the decisions that affect them, their families and communities.
- How we can support improved lifestyle for Elders through the construction of a mobility access path and the purchase of camping equipment so Elders can continue to go out on country.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
As an individual you can make a lasting difference by:
- Organising a fundraiser in your community, office, local school.
- Making a donation online, mail or deposit into the Foundation bank account. Your donation is tax deductible under Australian law.
- Providing much needed supplies, materials and equipment - contact us to discuss the communities needs.
- When you're visiting the resort, deliver a package with goods or send it to Mutitjulu Foundation, PO Box 135, YULARA NT 0872, we're currently in need of the following items;
- The Mutitjulu Community swimming pool is open every summer from September to April. Not only does it provide relief from the desert heat the pool provides a safe and supervised environment for the local kids and encourages school participation, as the kids can only make use of the pool if they have attended school. We're in much need of swimming gear including board shorts and rashies for boys and girls in all sizes from toddler to teen and swimming nappies.
- In winter it gets very cold in the outback and heating is not always available in the houses in the community. When winter is approaching we're in need of warm jumpers and jackets in all sizes, for kids and adults.
For guests staying at Ayers Rock Resort
As a guest at Ayers Rock Resort, donations may be charged to your room account or you can make cash donations in the collection boxes located throughout the resort and at the Ayers Rock Airport. Ayers Rock Resort will match all guest contributions dollar-for-dollar, up to $200,000 each year. You may claim your tax deduction when you complete your Australian tax return, using your room account as proof of donation.
Your contribution will help make a big difference, improving health, providing education and supporting social and economic participation in the local communities - thank you.
Businesses can play a role in the Foundation, from their contribution of much needed funds to donations in kind and the sponsorship of programs. Donations are tax deductible under Australian law. 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 ANZ branch or via EFT using our account details:
Account Name: THE MUTITJULU FOUNDATION ATFT MUTITJULU FOUNDATION TRUST
BSB: 015 881
Account Number: 8363-31846
If you make an EFT donation and would like a tax receipt please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Mutitjulu Foundation and posted to:
Mutitjulu Foundation, PO Box 135, YULARA NT 0872
Mutitjulu Foundation Manager
Postal Address: PO Box 135 YULARA NT 0872