Over the last weekend of July, NITV drove 12 hours from our Sydney office onto the lush ochre banks of the Barwon/Darling River. Brewarrina, or "Bre" as it's locally known, is a small NSW town just shy of the Queensland border with an Indigenous population of about 70 per cent.
For a town of roughly 1,000 people, Bre has an abundance of rich history. It's widely known for it's stone fish traps or 'Ngunnhu', a structure designed for catching fish that swam upstream. These traps are estimated as being 40, 000 years old, making it one of the oldest man-made structures in the world. Bre is also home to the tragic Hospital Creek Massacre and the Brewarrina Aboriginal Mission Site.
It is now known for their vibrant community literacy program and last year, the Brewarrina community (Ngemba, Muruwari and Yualwarri people) were a part of Erica Glyn's In My Own Words documentary, a film which tells the story of adult illiteracy. As a thank you for opening up their homes and lives to our camera crew, NITV hosted a screening of the film, including a bbq event in the local community center.