Kintore, Northern Territory

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Kintore
Walungurru

Northern Territory
KintoreWalungurru is located in Northern Territory
KintoreWalungurru
Kintore
Walungurru
Coordinates 23°16′35″S 129°23′25″E / 23.27639°S 129.39028°E / -23.27639; 129.39028Coordinates: 23°16′35″S 129°23′25″E / 23.27639°S 129.39028°E / -23.27639; 129.39028
Population 454 (2011 Census)[1]
Postcode(s) 0872
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
Location 521 km (324 mi) from Alice Springs, Northern Territory
LGA(s) MacDonnell Shire
Territory electorate(s) Namatjira
Federal Division(s) Lingiari

Kintore (Pintupi: Walungurru) is a remote settlement in the Northern Territory of Australia, located approximately 530 km west of Alice Springs and close to the border with Western Australia. At the 2011 census, Kintore had a population of 454, of which 413 (91 per cent) identified themselves as Aboriginal.[1]

It was founded in 1981, when many Pintupi people who resided in the community of Papunya (about 200 km from Alice Springs) became unhappy with their circumstances in what they saw as foreign country, and decided to move back to their own country, from which they had been forcibly removed decades earlier due to weapons testing from Woomera in South Australia.

Kintore is overseen by the Western MacDonnell Shire, which is based in Alice Springs. The community also has a NT Government funded school, and independent store trading as Puli Kutjarra (meaning Two Rocks/mountains in Pintubi language), an airstrip, an independent health clinic called Pintubi Homelands Health Service, a women's centre called Ngintaka Women's Centre, a High School run by Yirarra, and art centre run by Papunya Tula. The town is located in the territory electorate of Namatjira and the federal electorate of Lingiari.

Kintore is a major centre for the Western Desert art movement which began at the community of Papunya. These people traditionally passed on significant Dreamtime stories by way of art using sand, rock and local plants. Nowadays such paintings are done on canvas and have gained worldwide popularity. A number of members of the famous Aboriginal art company Papunya Tula reside at Kintore.

In the Pintupi language the community of Kintore is known as Walungurru (pronounced: [ˈwɐɭʊŋʊɾʊ]).

Kintore is mentioned in the Midnight Oil song "Beds are Burning" (from the Diesel and Dust album): "Four wheels scare the cockatoos/From Kintore East to Yuendumu".

The local Australian rules football team is the Walungurru Hawks.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Kintore (SSC) (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 August 2012.