Nyapari is located in South Australia about 20 km south of the Northern Territory border.

The Nyapari Community

Nyapari is located in South Australia about 20 km south of the Northern Territory border. It lies approximately 450 km south west of Alice Springs. The community is comprised of a small Anangu community located 15 km east of Kanpi, another small community, in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (the APY Lands). The nearest major town is Alice Springs which is about six hours or 550 km to the northeast. It is 115 km east of Pipalyatjara and 95 km west of Amata. The people living in Nyapari are mainly Pitjantjatjara people, and itjantjatjara is the main language spoken at home and around the community. English is learned and spoken at school and in the clinic, office and store. The population of Nyapari ranges between 50 and 100 people, including a small number of Piranpa (non-Aboriginal) people who work in the community to support Anangu. All the people living in Nyapari are part of an extended family group.

Content and Purpose of the Community Structure Plan

The Nyapari Community Structure Plan (Structure Plan) provides a framework within which development can proceed in an orderly and planned manner over the next 5 to 10 years.

The Structure Plan consists of the following:

  • A plan depicting the physical layout of the community;
  • The strategic direction, objectives and principles of development control;
  • An explanation of the Structure Plan;
  • A background report on the preparation of the plan including an overview of the local and regional context.

The purpose of the Structure Plan is to:

  • Establish a vision for the community and a guide to future growth and development;
  • Provide a community focus for, and involvement in, the development process;
  • Facilitate proper and orderly planning of the community to establish development requirements based on need within cultural, physical, environmental and economic opportunities and constraints;
  • Provide a mechanism for a coordinated approach to the provision of services and infrastructure and enable access to existing services and infrastructure information; and
  • Promote development that maximises health, safety and welfare outcomes for the community.

The structure plan provides the community with a document that forms the basis for coordination of future development. The Plan can be used to assess future development proposals by government agencies, builders, funding bodies and the community.