Elder Eatts inducted

Elder Eatts inducted

The Koondoola resident and Whudjuk Ballardong elder co-founded Aboriginal Urban Services and recently wrote a book Our Country, My Nyungah Home.

Mrs Eatts is a member of many committees, including Joondalup�s Yellagoongah House, and has worked on Koombah-Jenn personal development programs to improve literacy and numeracy, self-esteem and personal skills for Aboriginal youth.

Her community work was recognised recently when she was inducted into the WA Women�s Hall of Fame.

It follows several Naidoc awards and receiving the Torch-Bearer Medallion in 2011 which recognised 40 years of �creating harmony within the northern suburbs among People of all Nationalities�.

�I�ve done a lot of work in the northern suburbs; I�ve lived here for about 52 years,� she said.

�I started to foster children and I have also taken children out in holiday times that didn�t know where to go from the Department of Community Welfare. Then we started taking children from low-income families out on excursions through the holidays.�

Mrs Eatts, who founded Aboriginal Urban Services with her husband Walter (Wally), has been vice-chairperson since 1987.

She worked with the State Government for 12 years on programs for young Aboriginal offenders and families.

�Wally would take the boys doing lawn-mowing and cleaning in the morning and rubbish removal and I�d do their morning tea and lunch,� she said.

�In the afternoon we�d talk about our culture, self esteem and motivation.

�We always had a heart for children.�

She said some of those who took part in their programs had since approached them to let them know how they were.

�That�s the loveliest part of it, we walked down the street and a fella said �you know me?�� he introduced his wife and his three little children. We were so thrilled,� she said.

�And then Wally and I went to the circus and there was another fella there and I said �I thought it was you� and he said �I never forgot what you told me� I did that and I met a nice girl, settled down and have beautiful children now�.�

She said throughout her work in the northern suburbs she had met �a lot of good people from all walks of life and of all nationalities�.

�When you step out doing good things you find all the good people,� she said.

The 2015 inductees were announced and presented with a commemorative pin by Women�s Interests Minister Liza Harvey.