Hello and welcome to your September edition of The Valley Hub News.

We hope you've had a great start to Spring and wish you well as we head into the warmer months.

From Country

Uncle Martin Ballangarry and Jumbaal Dreamin’. by Mujaay Ganma

When we sat down to talk about the upcoming KOORI-O-BOREE tour, Uncle Martin shared a little of the journey of the Jumbaal Dreamin’ Band and Dancers.

It would be almost impossible to have lived very long in the Nambucca Valley without knowing, or knowing of, Uncle Martin. What fewer people may know is that his parents were very significant in the contributions they also made to the Valley. His father, Uncle Ivan was known for his tireless efforts to support the coming together of all people in the Valley. This was a time when racism was rife and well before Aboriginal people were counted in this country. In the 1950s he helped build Macksville Hospital, literally! Uncle Martin’s mother, Aunty Hilda, was instrumental in the establishment of AFEC (Aboriginal Family Education Centre) at Bowraville. This was an innovative and highly successful early learning program that involved the family learning together.

Although locals are likely familiar with Jumbaal Dreamin’ they may not know what motivated Uncle Martin to create this band and dance troupe. As he was telling his story it was clear that this purpose keeps him going. He is deeply committed to ‘addressing community issues’, in particular the part drugs and alcohol play in fuelling these issues. Behind the laughing presence that Uncle Martin has carried through his life, which has endeared him to many, is a powerful drive to help his people who suffer from addictions.

For those who don`t know, Uncle Martin plays by ear. Since a child, he has been able to play a number when you hum just a few notes. His ability to engage an audience seems to come naturally to him. So back in the day, he asked the boys if they wanted to play together and perform and managed to buy the instruments. As he said, “they were cheap guitars but they did some great songs on them”. Even though they were still drinking, he thought this would help them and, as a sober man, Uncle Martin could manage it for them.

They asked about their family totem and then with Uncle Martin’s guidance they followed the cultural protocols, seeking permission from the respected Elders. Permission was given and this was how the band got its name, after Jumbaal, the carpet python. It was at Argents Hill Hall, when Knoxy (Paul Knox) played his last gig, that Jumbaal Dreamin’ first performed with young dancers from the community.

Over the following years, they received support from philanthropists and many others like ‘Beyond Empathy’ and then ‘Miimi’ and Denni Scott Davis’s ‘Slippery Circus’, who, with CDAT (Community Drug Action Teams) funding, held several workshops. The Jumbaal Dreamin’ Dancers performed at Dance Rites in Sydney three times, leading the way for other Gumbaynggirr dancers to perform there. In the words of the promotional material, this tour ‘will be an important cultural music and dance activation with traditional and contemporary elements to connect the community through culture and lift our spirit, heal the land and revitalise cultural practice’.

The Jumbaal Dreamin’ Koori-o-boree Tour begins on Saturday 16th September in Urunga and culminates at the mission in Bowraville on Sunday 15th October.

See The Valley Hub Events Calendar for more detail.

Valley Feature

Your prostate is priceless

Local Dairyfarmer Kylie Saul is going the distance against prostate cancer…

In her third year of raising awareness for Men’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, this September, “I have run 100km already and will continue to keep running until the end of September to highlight the importance of prostate cancer”.

Kylie continues, “My main goal is raising awareness so men do not have to go through this awful battle. There is so much support for those men in our community and their families who have already been diagnosed, don’t hesitate to reach out for that support and assistance”. Kylie reiterates,  “Please get checked as prevention is key and, please, ladies, have the conversation with the men in your lives. Support and community is everything”.

Thousands of Australians are leading the charge this September to help raise awareness of prostate cancer by joining The Long Run. The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) campaign calls on Australians to run, walk, or ride 72km throughout Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness and funds for research and support.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the local region, and one Australian man will be diagnosed every 22 minutes. Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, Anne Savage, said community action was key to making a difference, “community action is key to cancer control, helping us to raise awareness of Australia’s most commonly diagnosed cancer and encourage early detection”. Ms Savage continues, “Importantly, The Long Run helps us support men and their families, providing vital funding for clinical trials and PCFA prostate cancer nurses.

With one in five Australian men likely to be diagnosed in their lifetime, we are calling on Australians to take action this month and help love go the distance against prostate cancer. Thousands of eager runners, walkers and cyclists have joined The Long Run this September, with a total goal of raising $1 million for PCFA’s work in research, support services, and awareness.

To register, go to www.thelongrun.org.au

You can support Kylie`s efforts here:


Our stories

Greta sails in 'Circles' back home.

Greta Boadle at sea
Greta Boadle at sea

Hi, my name is Greta Boadle

My family and I have lived in the Nambucca Valley for the past 10 years on our beautiful macadamia farm in Congarinni. Early last year we decided that we needed to shake up our lives and take our children (aged 11 and 8) on a grand adventure.  My husband has been a sailor from way back and I had spent some time at sea, so over the following year we sold our beloved farm, downsized to a smaller property in beautiful Buckra Bendinni, bought ourselves an 11-metre monohull sailing yacht, took our kids out of school for 6 months and set off up the Queensland Coast.

The day-to-day life of our sailing adventure has been both mind-blowingly beautiful and far from easy as we all learnt how to live together on the boat, become comfortable with the elements, overcome seasickness, and deal with boredom on passages and it has been worth it a hundred times over. The whales we have encountered almost daily while at sea have been one of the biggest highlights, along with exploring near deserted islands and coral reefs that have provided safe and delightful anchorages along our way.

Whilst traveling I set myself the task of completing my studies to become a Youth Mentor so that I can realise my dream of running mentorship programs and circles for tween girls in our community when I return. This has been challenging to say the least with children on our boat, but I’m so grateful I have persisted and am excited to soon be opening bookings for my first series of Circles for Tween Girls in Bowraville in October.

For me and our family, stepping out of our daily lives for 6 months to experience ocean life together has been an incredibly enriching experience and a privilege that we will never forget.

You can connect with me on Facebook at Nambucca Valley Circles for Girls

Love your local

The Red Cross

Image supplied by Red Cross
Image supplied by Red Cross
Image supplied by Red Cross.
Image supplied by Red Cross.

Are you prepared for the dry season?

Australian Red Cross invites you to drop in and chat about emergency preparedness. From how to receive accurate updates to community resilience teams, Red Cross has all the information in one place.

About the Red Cross in Nambucca Valley.

If you are keen to learn more about services offered by Red Cross in the Nambucca Valley, volunteers on the ground or how you can help, you can contact Lesley Smith at bigalnam6@bigpond.com. You might also like to tune in to hear Nambucca Valley local, Adele, on The Valley Hub Stories Podcast; available on your favorite podcast platform or The Valley Hub website..

Spotify link here: Australian Red Cross – Adele

Spotlight on

Nambucca Valley Circles For Girls

Nambucca Valley Circles For Girls
Nambucca Valley Circles For Girls
My name is Greta Boadle and I have been working on this project for some years. Finally, I am gathering names now and will share more details in the coming week, including what we will discuss and include, days, times, cost, and a little about me.
So please stay tuned if you are interested for your daughter, or if you know someone who might be interested, please share. Our circles will be small to build a strong space of trust, so places will be limited.
If you are interested you can connect with me here:
or, to register for term four, email me at circlesforgirlsnambuccavalley@gmail.com.
What's on in the Valley

Here are a handful of events and programs coming up in September and October 2023

Sep 2023: Highlight events

Nambucca Valley Landcare presents – Farm Management Workshop
Nambucca Valley Landcare presents – Farm Management Workshop

This Farm Management Workshop will discuss best practice farm management.

Cost: FREE
RSVP: 22nd September 2023
Limited spaces available
Morning Tea and Lunch are provided.
Contact – 65647838 or Email coordinator@nvlandcare.org.au to book your ticket.

Let the games begin

Set your brain to our monthly trivia quest.

The answers will be shared next month – let us know how you fared.


  1. How many bones are in the human body?
  2. What does the word ‘Equinox’ mean?
  3. In Australia, what do you call the vegetable that is known as scallions in the USA?
  4. In Roman mythology, she is known as the goddess of spring?
  5. What is the name of the condition that is marked by an excessive fondness for flowers?
  6. In which century did the word ‘spring’ originate?
  7. How can you protect the bulb of a spring flower from damage?
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The Valley Hub acknowledges Gumbaynggirr country, the Ancestors, Elders and Traditional Custodians of the Valley in which we live and work. We thank them for their care of country through time and acknowledge and respect their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

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