'Our Barunga Dogs' Wins ALIA NT Regional & Remote Merit Award

Group of people standing around cake

Roper Gulf Regional Council is extremely proud to announce that 'Our Barunga Dogs' won the ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association) NT Regional & Remote Merit Award for 2022! 

The creation of this book is part of the Deadly Dogs Storytelling Project which is run by Council and delivered by StoryProjects.

The book was created and launched this year and is a celebration of love, companionship and the importance of dog ownership encountered in remote Indigenous communities.

The theme for the award this year was 'equity, diversity and inclusion'. The judges said that the book was a great example of a collaborative program that encompassed all aspects of library operations including literacy, learning, creativity, language, and media.

Congratulations to everyone involved in creating 'Our Barunga Dogs' including:

  • Kay Doust - Animal Program Manager, RGRC
  • Johanna Bell - Workshop designer and facilitator, StoryProjects
  • Dr Greg Dickson - Program Manager, Meigim Kriol Strongbala
  • Cristie Geer - Sport and Recreation Coordinator, RGRC
  • Delma McCartney - Barunga Media Officer, RGRC
  • And the National Indigenous Australians Agency for the ongoing funding and support which made this project possible.

And most importantly, to all of the children who feature in the book with their beautiful pictures and stories!

You can read the book online here

You can listen to the audio of the book here

ALIA NT Awards Our Barunga Dogs
The award was accepted by Clare Cupitt, Community Safety Manager at RGRC who attended the awards (pictured third from the right)

The images below are from the workshops in Barunga where the stories and pictures were created by the children and the voice recordings were done with Delma. There are also images of the official book launch held at the Barunga library where the children each received their own copy of the book.