At the heart of our vision is a desire for self-sufficiency, to operate our business ourselves and to create employment for our people.
We believe that teamwork, commitment, determination, and persistence will achieve results We see a future in which we become very productive, turning of products and services, which are useful and demanded.
We see a large involvement in our youth: this is going to be critical for our future.
We see a future in which all parts of Napa have shared and integrated goals Passing on of ideas is going to be important so our experiences and learning are retained and befitted from.
Achievement of our goals will underpin our success.
It is now accepted that Aboriginals occupied Australia for more than 40,000 years prior to settlement. On the Yorke Peninsula, the Narunga people had, for many thousands of years, occupied the land from what is now Port Broughton and the Hummocks near Port Wakefield in the north, to Cape Spencer in the south: a total of 9,088 square kilometers.
With their land surrounded on 3 sides by water, the Narungga led a peaceful existence in hunting, fishing and gathering a wide variety of foods as they moved between campsites, which dotted the peninsula.
In the 1830s there were forebodings of tragedy to come. in the early years of the colony of South Australia, the Narungga people first came into contact with Europeans. these first contacts were with white sealers who, over the next 10 years, were followed by sheepherders.
By the 1850s Europeans had encroached over much of the peninsula, Aboriginal lands and culture, which had developed over thousands of years. By the mid-1860s the Aboriginal population, which had been estimated at 500 in 1847, had dropped to less than 100 in a few localized communities.
Agriculture expansion on Narungga land forced the Narungga into the fringes of European settlement where their dependency was firmly established. With the discovery of copper in 1857 and the rapid expansion of Kadina, Wallaroo, and Moonta over the next few years, those towns became the focal point for the remnants of the Narungga people.
The plight of the Aboriginals had reached such a point that the distribution of rations became a matter of urgency. In the words of Roger McEntire in January 1866, "The Aborigines of Yorke's Peninsula are in a very destitute state, they are without blankets many of them, they are also without food and water, and have not the means of obtaining them." It is estimated that at the time there were about 200 Aboriginals in the Wallaroo-Kadina area.
The ration system left the Narungga still further isolated from their traditions and their lands and began to emerge a system of dependency that would haunt Aboriginals left well into the future.
"Despite his (the Missionary, the Rev. W. Julius Kuhn) patient efforts, the roving propensities of the natives again prevailed ... it was disheartening to find the Mission being constantly scattered by seemingly aimless migration ... considered evidence of the base ingratitude and selfishness on the part of the Aborigines." - Yorke's Peninsula Aboriginal Mission, TS Archibald, Adelaide 1915.
A mission at Point Pearce was set up in 1868 after an unsuccessful attempt to establish a school for Aborigines in Moonta in 1867. To this mission, isolated from the white community, were sent the few remaining Narungga people.
People from the Murray and Adelaide Plains groups were added to the uprooted Narungga at Point Peace. In 1889 the tribal mix had a further addition when Aboriginals from the Poonindie Mission were sent to Point Pearce.
By 1900, there had been a total change from the traditional ways. Within 50 years of European occupation, the Narungga people as a group had been virtually destroyed, dispossessed, depopulated and detribalized.