Helping hand for outback footballers

Lyndall Parris accepts special jersey from Uncle Owen

When members of the rugby league Wilcannia Boomerangs were finding it difficult to get accommodation for the recent Central Coast Koori Knockout, Narara Ecovillage came to the rescue.

Lisa Bellamy of Kariong heard about the Outback team’s plight and put out a request online to find accommodation for the Boomerangs and their supporters.

Lyndall Parris from Narara Ecovillage said one of their residents saw the request and immediately reached out.

To say thank you before the team headed home, team coach and organiser Uncle Owen, presented a special jersey, hand-signed by the Wilcannia Boomerangs team, to Parris who said she was very proud to accept it on behalf of all the ecovillage community.

“Uncle Owen said the boys had a wonderful camp-over in our peaceful, natural setting and felt very welcome, especially on the first night, when the community mucked-in and provided a relaxed, reception dinner receiving each visitor at the door with a handshake, hello and warm smile,” Parris said.

Narara Ecovillage is an intentional community, which broadly means that people who choose to live there want to engage with each other in a helpful and neighbourly manner while caring for the beautiful land on which they live.

“Some houses, for the population of 200 (including 60 children) are already built and others are a work in progress,” she said.

“We all have various views, opinions and energies, but the breadth of intentionality binds us all.”

Each month, the village holds an open day with an informative talk and tour and the Coffee Cart runs Tuesday through to Saturday.

Visitors and potential residents are welcome.


Narara Ecovillage.