The Kurungal Communities include Wangkatjungka, Ngumpan and Kupartiya and they are located about 100km east of Fitzroy Crossing and about 200km from Halls Creek in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia.
Wangkatjungka is the largest of the three communities and it is located approximately 20km from the Great Northern Highway along a well maintained dirt road. There are approximately 180 permanent residents and the people are Wolmatjarri, Wangkatjungka or Gooniyandi. They retain strong links to their desert culture.
Wangkatjungka is a dry community under section 175 of the Liquor Control Act (1988).
Most community based services and agencies are based in Wangkatjungka. It is also the base for the majority of activities for the Kurungal Council. There is a store, Centrelink agent, health clinic, Home and Community Care, play group, school, administration office including community hall and kitchen, football ground and basketball court.
Programs include: RJCP, sports and recreation, and Best Start (play group). Industry includes building repairs and maintenance, concrete batching plant, Towing truck, Concrete truck, 4WD hire, mini excavator, Large excavator, Loader and tip truck, grader and Bobcat.
In 2009 and 2010, Wangkatjungka hosted the "no grog, no drugs" concert and in 2011 hosted an inter-community football and basketball carnival which was also drug and alcohol free. The annual sports carnival attracts a lot of people from all over the Kimberley and Northern Territory.
This year we had over 400 people attend with “Desert Feet Production” supporting our bands and talent of the communities.
There are many new houses and there is currently a construction program in the community about to start to construct 8 more new homes. There is visitor accommodation (3 bedroom home) available at a reasonable price for anyone that maybe visiting the community.
The landscape is hot and dry in summer, however there are nearby gorges, waterholes and caves where tourists, locals and school children enjoy excursions and family camping trips.