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Jealousy Creek Project



The Jealousy Creek Project was an initiative to reduce alcohol consumption and improve community safety in the four towns of Budulah, Karmarlinunga, Burnnuhga and Djimung Ngude (known as the Town Reserve Communities), in the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley (SDWK) in Western Australia.

A drinking spot, known to the locals of this area as 'Jealousy Creek', was attracting people from outside the local communities. The large amount of alcohol consumed at Jealousy Creek often led to violence and noise issues disturbing residents, especially children. In addition to alcohol issues, the area was unsafe due to the number of washouts that had occurred during previous wet seasons, leaving deep gullies and a deteriorated culvert, which were traps for serious injuries.

At the Town Reserve Community meeting, it was agreed that something needed to be done to stop people drinking at Jealousy Creek. After consulting with the Aboriginal Land Trust, the Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit and the Derby Police chaired a Town Reserve meeting. A decision was made to install new drainage and build a sign-posted fence to let people know that drinking would no longer be permitted in the area.

Funding was provided by the Department of Indigenous Affairs and the SDWK. The community members were advised that anyone who was caught drinking at Jealousy Creek would face a number of penalties including a fine, move on notices and in extreme cases, arrest. Following these measures, there have been no transgressions to date.

Abstract adapted from the West Australian Indigenous storybook


Environmental Health
Shire of Derby/West Kimberley
PO Box 94
Derby WA 6728
Ph: (08) 9191 0999
Fax: (08) 9191 0998

Related publications

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (2011)

The West Australian Indigenous storybook : celebrating and sharing good news stories : the Kimberley and Pilbara edition.

1st ed. Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

The West Australian Indigenous storybook (The storybook) is the first in a series of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storybooks showcasing the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and people across Western Australia. The stories are from the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. The stories of programs contained within The storybook cover a range of social, economic, health and environmental health achievements. The intention of each program was to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The storybook shares both the successes and failures of the programs, and it is hoped that this will encourage a change in how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs are planned, delivered and disseminated.

The storybook covers a range of programs including:

Physical copies of the publication are available to order via the contact details below.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 17 May 2017
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