“The conditions that people have to live in out bush are terrible." Vincent Forrester

22nd Apr 2020

Respected Elder, Anangu Pitjantjara man Vincent Forrester shares how his community of Mutitjulu is going during the COVID-19 epidemic.

With restrictions currently preventing travel to and from Yulara/Mutitjulu the local economy has been devastated, leaving many community members whose livelihoods depend on tourism struggling financially.

Like many other Aboriginal communities, the lack of infrastructure and housing in Mutitjulu has led to overcrowding making self-isolation and social distancing near impossible and potentially quite dangerous.

Mr. Forrester says it isn’t uncommon to have more than 20 people living in housing at any given time.

He also stressed that many of the local jobs available in communities are taken by fly-in-fly-out contractors and that there should be jobs for Aboriginal people living in their communities."

Mr. Forrester believes that this period is a time to start looking at a new structure for our future.. “we have to look towards our younger leaders to start thinking about tomorrow, not just today.”

Vincent Forrester is speaking with Josef Egger