'State of The Heart' EPA Partnership supports award winning song

One of the songs that has come out of an ongoing project to create awareness and conversation around caring for country, has won the Community Clip of the Year at the National Indigenous Music Awards.

The song project was funded by the EPA (Regional Delivery Team) and the Riverina and Murray Joint Organisation (Murray Waste Group). It was a community engagement project under the Aboriginal Communities Waste Management Program. It runs alongside community-focused waste management projects in Original Nations communities all over NSW, and is a partnership involving the EPA, RAMJO Murray Waste, and Desert Pea Media. 

The project was a Desert Pea Media collaboration with the Barapa Barapa and Wemba Wemba communities of Deniliquin in Western NSW and brought together Elders, community members and young people to create a conversation about culture, country and sustainability. Twenty community people travelled from Deniliquin to Darwin for the awards event.

Danyelle Carter, EPA Unit Head of Programs, and her team have worked with Desert Pea Media on these songs, written by the community for the community.

“Some of the songs have a lot of content about the environment, waste and recycling but some (like this one) are more about community and mob working together on a plan for their community.”

“The waste program covers a broad range of issues and I have been privileged leading it – the design, planning, implementation and evaluation. That’s certainly one of the bonuses of the work we do at EPA.” Danyelle Carter said.

Project background

‘State of the Heart' was the result of a five-day Desert Pea Media storytelling workshop in July 2018.

Click on the image to play the video for the song State of the heart

Listen to the story and song 'State of the Heart'. Deni Mob – winners of the Community Clip of the Year at the National Indigenous Music Awards 2019.


It was co-written and performed by an incredibly talented group of Indigenous young people from Deniliquin High School, with community members and local Elders and supported by Desert Pea Media staff and local services.

Find out more about Desert Pea Media and this project.