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From Country

Mujaay Ganma


How Mujaay Ganma Came To Be

This month we looked into the back story of the establishment of the Mujaay Ganma Foundation Aboriginal Corporation based in Bowraville. The original vision has expanded into a social enterprise which now cares for the wellbeing of Country and community.

During their time of living with cancer, these two women, Mardi Walker and Florence Ballangarry had a vision which they shared with family. Aunty Ruth Walker and Aunty Rita Ballangarry, along with other family members are honouring their wish through the work of the Mujaay Ganma Foundation.

Mardi Walker and Florence Ballangarry

It was clear to these women and their family that during treatments, where their illness was being addressed in the best medical ways available, their well-being was challenged by the absence of culturally nurturing practices. This Foundation was formed to address this and to provide culturally friendly support to people and their families who are affected by cancer.

This was the beginning, from here the vision expands to improving the wellbeing of Country and creating a healthy lifestyle in community. Over time this has extended to sharing cultural knowing with those interested in learning more about Country and culture. In time Mujaay Ganma intends to expand cultural services to support people living with cancer in the wider community.

A little about these two proud Gumbaynggirr women whose guidance is valued by the foundation, which honours them in its name.

Mujaay … Mardi was a very strong Gumbaynggirr woman, proud of her culture and language. Mardi was a Gumbaynggirr language teacher who delighted in sharing her knowledge of culture with younger community members. She loved her sports and loved supporting her young nieces and nephews, cheering them on from the sidelines.

While undergoing treatment for cancer, Mardi was insistent that an organisation such as this Foundation was needed to help others who came after her. Those who knew her were touched by her big heart and her sense of fun.

Ganma … Florence was a ‘straight talker’, she would always speak her truth. Her culture and the language were very important to her.

Flo was a wonderful mother to Steven. She also took in other children in need of a home and cared for them, as their mum. There was always room for one more in her home. Her caring nature touched many people in her life.

Flo will always be remembered for her smile. It could open up a whole room. She will also be remembered for the way she made people laugh.

Aunty Ruth Walker and Aunty Rita Ballangarry

Through fundraising and applying for grants and engaging in partnerships, this Foundation does, in culturally supportive ways, work to improve the wellbeing of Country and community.

In relation to community wellbeing, Mujaay Ganma:

  • Works to improve the wellbeing of Country so that community can know the importance of Country in the wellbeing of all.
  • Helps Elders to sit with the unwell and those in the later stages of life.
  • Supports families of those undergoing cancer treatments.
  • Educates younger community people to learn how to be with and help those suffering from cancer and treatments.
  • Engages in learning culturally informed healing practices that support the healing of trauma and grief.
  • Encourages healthy lifestyle activities for the younger community members.
  • Offers cultural awareness learning opportunities to mainstream health personnel to help them better serve their patients.

In relation to the wellbeing of Country, Mujaay Ganma:

  • Created and takes care of the Yuraal Native Food Community Garden.
  • Shares cultural ways of working with Country and native plants with visiting schools.
  • Supports young custodians of Country to collect native seeds and propagate native plants which are available for sale at their Nursery.
  • Engages in Custodial Regeneration of Country, including Koala Rehabilitation of Country, in conjunction with LLS, Nambucca Valley Land Care, and the Gaagal Wanggaan Management Board and NPWS.






♥️🖤💛   💛🖤♥️
Jaanymili Bawrrungga
There were so many Women and young Women meeting, yarning , connecting, laughing, and celebrating culture at the 2 day Women’s Wellbeing program hosted by Nyami Gawbarri.
This gathering created deep and stronger connections for Gumbaynggirr women.
The Gathering explored different skills and knowledge which was highlighted and created throughout the gathering and provided a culturally safe place where women could be vulnerable, share, and connect.
Jaanymili Bawrrungga (JB) expressed their thanks to Nyami Gawbarri  for the invitation to be a part of this gathering. JB stated,  ‘We took part in the incredible 2 day Women’s Wellbeing program, inspiring Indigenous women on the Mid North Coast. We are honoured to contribute to this positive impact to help accelerate progress in our community.’



Valley Feature

Jill and Paul from ShoreTrack head to Parliament House for SEGRA IN HOUSE EXPO

The SEGRA Foundation is bringing the bush to Canberra.
This is the first time SEGRA has held an event at Parliament House, Canberra. Their aim was to build a presence for Rural Social Impact organisations and Place-Based Economic Development: Shaping the Future of Rural, Regional and Remote Australia.
SEGRA also aimed to encourage networking amongst the 13 organisations attending as well as guests and ShoreTrack had the opportunity to learn from innovative leaders from regional Australia, who have created solutions to their community’s challenges. Industries spanned virtual aged care and youth employment, to the environment, health and entrepreneurship, showcasing organisations who have found the answers to shared problems facing regional, rural and remote communities nationwide.
This started with an informal drop-in by Parliamentary staff, then networking and welcome by Minister Kristy McBain and a speech by each organisation.
For ShoreTrack, it was such as privilege to attend this event. connect and learn from innovative leaders and changemakers. to maximise their impact in our community.





Where: Nambucca Valley Phoenix, apply online www.nvp.org.au

Cost: FREE

The Phoenix Art Prize is debuting this year, seeking to recognise and showcase the talent of artists living with a disability on the Mid North Coast.

Entry is free and open for artists aged 16+ of all levels of experience, who identify as having a disability and live on the Mid North Coast.

To apply please visit https://nvp.org.au/ability-arts-connect where you will find the guidelines and a form you will need to fill out to submit your application. Entries close 21st June 2024.

The Phoenix Art Prize is part of Ability Arts Connect Mid North Coast (MNC). This event is the first of its kind to bring together artists with lived experience of disability who live on the MNC. It aims to connect, celebrate, and inform artists, their carers and support organisations, through a two-day event including conferences & art workshops, an exhibition, and art prize to be held at Nambucca Valley Phoenix, in Bowraville NSW.

“This is an opportunity to connect, acknowledge and celebrate the diversity and contribution that artists with disability make to the arts and cultural landscape of the MNC. We are looking forward to an amazing exhibition”  Pippa Tabone, Phoenix manager told The Valley Hub.

Nambucca Valley Phoenix is a community-owned and operated not-for-profit that has been supporting artists with lived experience of disability for over forty years. This project is possible thanks to the support of Regional Arts Australia and Arts Mid North Coast.

Phoenix prize judges include curator from Coffs Regional Gallery Ashleigh Frost, Dr Emma Gentle and Director of Arts MNC Olivia Parker.

Nambucca Valley Phoenix would also like to thank their other sponsors, Nambucca RSL & Arts Guide MNC.

Our stories


It has been a fabulous two weeks in the Nambucca Valley for Youth!

It all started with the Nambucca Valley Youth Forum held at Macksville High School Stadium. This forum hosted over 200 students from across the Valley, supported by local adjudicators to allow the Youth to share and reflect on issues that matter to them most and to brainstorm out their aspirations for the future and inspire a series of youth- led projects in the future.

Then it was time to get hands on!! During week one – There was Djembe Drumming with Kaya Boom in the Bowraville Park, a Digital Arts open day at Nambucca Valley Phoenix, ‘Turn it up’ Youth Music event at the Nambucca Community and Arts Centre with ‘Blind Pretty’ and ‘Rhetorical’ performing LIVE music.

There was a Boys Boxing program held at Hustle and Flow in Nambucca Heads and another music night – ‘Rhythm and Tones Youth Fes’t held at the Macksville Ex Services Club… What a jam-packed week that was !

Week two certainly didn’t disappoint… There was Archery Day in Coffs Harbour, a Girls Weaving Workshop at the Jaanymili Bawrrungga Office in Bowraville, a Public Art Creation and Installation workshop at Nambucca Valley Phoenix and a holiday taster program through ShoreTrack that ran over the two weeks.

Well Done Nambucca Valley !!


Say G’day to Mick Buchanan and Sally Heather, Production and Admin/Sales Managers respectively. Mick & Sal lead the skilled and dedicated Express team, and are excited for the bright future of this industry-leading manufacturer in the Nambucca Valley.


Express Coaches started from a small shed in the New South Wales town of Macksville in 1995, Express Coach Builders started with a small team of six employees who produced 20 buses per year.

Having moved to larger, custom-built premises in 2014, today we see up to 75 prestige vehicles roll through our production line – what starts as a simple chassis becomes a made-to-order product of the highest calibre, completed with the distinction and superior compliance guidelines that Express is known and respected for throughout the industry.

With a team of 75+ highly skilled tradesmen, assistants, apprentices and administrators, an Express Coach Builders bus or coach is built with integrity and passion, providing customers throughout Australia with the most superior vehicle on the market.

Love your local


The management team of the Nambucca RSL Club recently visited the Bowraville Hotel, where they proudly donated a life-saving defibrillator to the community.
Shane, the licensee of the Bowraville Hotel, was ecstatic to receive this crucial piece of equipment.
This donation was made possible through various charity events held at the Nambucca RSL Club, with the aim of equipping more spaces in the Nambucca Valley with defibrillators to ensure our community’s safety. If your town or space needs a defibrillator, please reach out to the Nambucca RSL.
Making our community safer, together! The difference to saving a person’s life due to early CPR and defibrillation can be crucial – that’s where you come in.
Have you heard of GOODSAM?
GoodSAM is a first responder APP. If you are trained in first aid you can make a difference in the Nambucca Valley community by simply downloading the GoodSAM Responder App today. By downloading this App you could save a life. If you are in the immediate vicinity of a cardiac arrest you will be alerted through the App on your phone so you can start CPR or basic first aid in the critical minutes before the emergency services arrive. The GoodSAM platform is highly governed and secure, with checks to ensure that all responders are medically qualified. Once you are verified you will join our network of community lifesavers.
Give back to your Nambucca Valley community and beyond by becoming a GoodSAM.
Spotlight on

The Bridge on River St- Old World Charm

The Bridge on River St- Old World Charm



ENJOY – A delicious meal in an old-style milk bar setting. Overlooking the stunning Nambucca River in Macksville. Proudly serving Marco Coffee.

The cafe is open :

Monday – Friday : 7:00am- 2:00pm


The Wyz Wimmin and Friends Theatre presents: INTO THE SPOTLIGHT 

The Wyz Wimmin & Friends Theatre Company Incorporated presents:
A comedy set in Nambucca Valley’s
Reedy River Retirement Resort
(Which is claimed to be on the river somewhere between Nambucca and Macksville)
Written by Caroline Rhodes
Directed by Anne Joyce
Performed at Nambucca Community & Arts Centre (next to the Library)
Friday 10th May 7.30 pm
Saturday 11th May 2.00 pm
Sunday 12th May 2.00 pm (Mother’s Day)
Tickets $30 includes GOURMET refreshments by Elk on 38
Tickets Online – enter the following into your browser and you will be taken straight to the ticket-purchasing site:
or through HelloWorld (No EFTPOS): 16 Bowra Street, Nambucca Heads, 6568 6455
or contact wyzwimmin@gmail.com 0481 063 750
If you’re hoping to buy a ticket at the door, bring cash: No EFTPOS


The Valley Hub team appreciates that what the Nambucca Valley needs more than ever, is a way to move forward with tangible action in our community sector. Our valley boasts a rich culture of volunteers and dedicated community service workers who have a desire to work sustainably and collaboratively for the betterment of our community. At The Valley Hub, we are passionate about creating these opportunities and developing methodologies that both honour the knowledge held by long-term volunteers and create innovative solutions to governance challenges.
Our community development consultants, Trudi Hayes and Penny Coulter, deliver governance workshops, one-on-one training, along with board support to not-for-profit and community organisations in the Nambucca Valley. Together, Trudi and Penny have developed significant resource packages, training programs, and upcoming events which provide niche knowledge and support to local organisations who are primed for the purpose of collaborative and innovative thinking. One such upcoming event is ‘Sociocracy and Dynamic Groups’ – a FREE learning event for community organisations. See flyer attached for further details.
If The Valley Hub can support governance in your organisation, connect with us today for an obligation-free chat.
The Valley Hub proudly presents :
This education and training workshop is for Not-For-Profit organisations. This session is a great introduction into Dynamic Groups, Dynamic learning and sociocracy as tools for working in collaboration in community.
This Education and Training workshop is brought to you by FRRR ‘Investing in Rural Community Futures’ program, with educator – Robin Clayfield.
N E W – D A T E – 11th June 2024
Don’t miss Out!!



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The Valley Hub are excited to offer Businesses and Not-for-Profit Organisations access to a strong social media platform, that celebrates the Nambucca Valley and a website with a ‘What’s Happening’ calendar, Monthly Newsletter and Business/Community Directory through our memberships. We pride ourselves in bringing The Valley Hub Podcast to the Nambucca Valley and making it accessible to all members. We are currently putting together The Valley Hub Magazine that will be released seasonally in print and E-form, celebrating all the Nambucca Valley has to offer.

As a member you will receive: 

  • 5 free ads on social media
  • 12 months free access to the events calendar
  • 10 percent discount on all advertising in The Valley Hub magazine.
  • Free listing on The Valley Hub Website.
  • Access to all tools and educational material on The Valley Hub Website.

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Let the games begin


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


1.   What is the distance from the Earth to the Sun?

2.  What is the largest country in the world?

3.  According to the Guinness Book of Records, what is the best-selling book of all time?

4. What is the only food that can never go bad?

5.  Who is considered the ‘Father of Relativity’?

6. What is Prince Harry’s official first name?

7. Nearly all fossils are preserved in what type of rock?

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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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