Mimili Community

Our community is located in South Australia, approximately 70 km west of the Stuart Highway and 380 km south of Alice Springs.

Mimili is an Anangu community on the Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in the north west of South Australia. The Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Lands are held on freehold title under the terms of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Lands. Entrance to the APY Lands is dependant on having a permit. Anangu Education Services negotiate with Anangu Pitjantjatjara the issue of these permits. Schools can also arrange for the issue of permits.

Our community has grown around the former cattle station, Everard Park. The land was returned to the traditional owners in 1972. Mimili is the Pitjantjatjara name for the local area and may still be referred to as Everard Park on some maps.

The very striking, rocky Everard Ranges surround Mimili. Mimili is a very special place as it is the site of the maku or witchetty grub dreaming. It is the symbol of the maku that is taken as the school emblem. The dreaming is very important to Anangu and is taught through story and dance.

Community members have kinship ties over a large area of Central Australia. These ties cover three groups within Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia. These are the Pitjantjatjara, Ngaanyatjarra, and Yankunytjatjara peoples. Many people have ownership status to specific areas of land in the region around Mimili.

Entry to the Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara lands, when travelling from Adelaide is usually made near Indulkana, which is approximately 1,200 kms north of Adelaide on the main road to Alice Springs. Travelling north from Marla it is 46 kilometres to the turnoff. The roads on the Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Lands are unsealed except for roads within the confines of most communities.

Public transport is limited. There are daily bus services from Adelaide and Alice Springs to either Marla or the Indulkana turnoff, from where visitors can be collected. PY Air operates a twice weekly air service to Mimili on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The primary function of this service is the delivery of mail but space is generally available for passengers. Booking well in advance is advisable.

Content taken from PY media site: www.waru.org/communities/mimili/


Last updated: September 5, 2016 at 12:49 pm
Aerial photo of the Mimili landscape