Originally Wanarn was an outstation of Warburton and then it became a community and home to most of the older people of the local families and a handful of children. Story of how the crow came to be black is a local story of this community. There was an eagle who had two wives, one a white cockatoo and a white crow. (crows were always white then) The cockatoo was the eagles favourite wife and the crow was jealous. When the eagle went off hunting the crow chased the cockatoo and beat her until she left. The eagle was very angry when he returned to find his favourite wife gone and set fire to the crow, and now crows are black.
Lat. 25 degrees 17.56 mins south
Wanarn operates on Western Standard Time.
Wanarn is 155 kilometres north of Warburton and 100 kilometres south of Warakurna.
COMMUNITY FAMILY SERVICES
COMMUNITY AMBULANCE SERVICE
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY EVACUATION
COMMUNITY FUEL DEPOT
COMMUNITY RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
COMMUNITY ADMINISTRATION SERVICES
He or she is assisted by the Resource Agency, Ngaanyatjarra Services, Alice Springs (financial and construction).
RESOURCE AGENCY ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITY
Ngaanyatjarra Agency and Transport Services (NATS), Perth-based buying service supplying all Community Store requirements.
Ngaanyatjarra Health Services. Operates Community Health Clinic and provides services of resident nurse.
Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku Environmental Health & Building surveyor, makes monthly inspections.
Royal Flying Doctor Service does emergency evacuations as necessary. Environmental Health Officer from Alice Springs makes monthly visits.
Dog immunisation programme carried out by visiting vet.
COMMUNITY SCHOOL FACILITIES
1 Government primary school located within the community.
No high school in community. High school students travel to "CAPS" in Kalgoorlie or Adelaide. This is an unsatisfactory arrangement, and homesick students often return home before completion of term.
1 Teachers Aid employed in community.
LAW/ORDER AND JUSTICE SERVICES
COMMUNITY RUBBISH COLLECTION
COMMUNITY WATER SUPPLY
Water flow rate is 100 litres per minute.
New bore supplied 150 cubic metres per day.
Water storage is 100,000 litres.
Water quality is good, but nitrate level is high.
17 Community houses are connected to water.
Water monitoring is done by Community Development Advisor. Monitoring is done on a daily basis.
Water power supply is by 3 diesel pumps and 1 solar pump.
COMMUNITY POWER SUPPLY
1 x 40 KVA diesel generator.
Community has 24 hour power. The present generators are too small and as a result the system is overloaded, with noticeable power fluctuation. The generators need to be upgraded to 100 KVA.
There is 20,000 diesel fuel storage for the power house
Wanarn is located in the "tali" (sandhill) country 100km north of Warburton. The community is on the dreaming track of the "Kungkarungkalpa" or Seven Sisters. All of its residents are Ngaanyatjarra speaking people. Like other small communities in this region most of its residents lived on the Warburton Mission or later at the Docker River settlement. Some travelled as far afield as the Goldfields region to obtain work but ultimately returned to their traditional country. The close proximity of Warburton Mission allowed many to make frequent journeys back and forth. A senior woman from Wanarn who is now deceased recalled carrying bags of flour on her head and walking almost 80 km in the late 60's from the Warburton Mission to her brothers who were still camped out in their traditional country, just south-east of Wanarn.
The original road from Warburton to Alice Springs was via Linton Bore, east of Warburton Community. Concerns regarding unauthorised access by tourists in the vicinity of Linton Bore resulted in traditional owners closing this section of the road to the public. In the mid 1970's a cutline was made between Warburton and Giles that could be used by the public as an alternative to the old Alice Springs (via Linton Bore) road. This in turn allowed much easier access to the country between Warakurna and Warburton. The community of Wanarn which is located halfway between Warakurna and Warburton was then established in the late eighties. Residents came from Docker River, Warburton and Warakurna. The community was incorporated and became a member of the Ngaanyatjarra Council in 1989.