A small town in Western Australia’s remote Kimberley region uses the most water per person in the state and local Aboriginal youths have made a hip hop music video to spread a water-wise message.
Water Corp and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects spent a week in Halls Creek creating the song Save the Water (Ngaba), complete with a film clip showing off the area’s stunning natural scenery.
Halls Creek, with a population of 1500, sits about 200km west of the Northern Territory border in the heat of the Kimberley, and its climate contributes to high water use as taking showers is an easy way for people to cool down.
Indigenous Hip Hop projects founder Dion Brownfield says about 30 young people were involved in creating the song and music is a powerful tool for education.
“It’s arts for change, focusing on the strength of the young and the strength of indigenous people,” he said on Friday.
“We engage with kids in a way they relate to, there’s no doubt they love hip hop music
“It gives a voice to young people and remote communities.”
Halls Creek elder Pastor Donald Cox speaks at the end of the song, saying, “Hey you Halls Creek mob, turn taps off when not in use. If you see a leaking tap or pipe in your community, then make sure you report it.”
Water Corporation acting North West regional manager Stuart Dyson said the project encouraged young people to express their connection to water and highlighted how important it was to save the resource.
Indigenous Hip Hop Projects has produced 300 songs nationally since 2005, and Mr Brownfield describes it as a new wave of health promotion and community service.
Originally published as Remote WA town uses hip hop to save water