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Parnngurr Community School

Parnngurr is a remote West Australian Indigenous Community located 370kms East of Newman, on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. This is a spacious landscape of red sand, spinifex plains, honey grevillia and desert oaks under an azure sky.

It is the home of 140 Martu people whose ancestors have been here since the beginning of the Dreaming. The community is built in the shadow of twin hills with particular significance to Martu, at the southern end of the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) National Park.

The Parnngurr Community consists of a group of around 150 Western Desert people who have returned to their traditional land. The community is built in the shadow of twin hills with particular significance to the people, at the southern end of the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) National Park, 380 km's north, north-east of Newman on a maintained unsealed road.

Our independent school was established in 1989, and at the end of 1992 community members moved into permanent housing with power and water facilities. The community is firm in its commitment to maintaining traditional values in an alcohol free environment for their children.

Parnngurr Community receives mail twice a week by charter plane. Facilities in the community include a small store, 24-hour medical clinic, community office and oval. Telephone, fax and internet services are available.