There was then no road to Gawa, so in 1985, Ngulpurray took his clan daughter Kathy Guthadjaka (Gotha) and her husband Colin Baker to Gawa by boat. On this first visit they had the chance to hear some of the old stories of the land and make a preliminary survey. It was decided that the traditional meeting place would be hard to access by boat in the Wet and would be very hot underfoot at times. And so a new area to the east, overlooking the small bay was chosen as a possible residential site.
Upon returning to Galiwinku, plans were made to begin the process of cutting a road to Gawa. Elders from Djuranalpi began this task with chainsaw and axes and a track was established for the first time. Gotha, Colin and other family members began to visit Gawa on weekends, helping to form a better road and enjoying the wonderful hunting opportunities the land provides. In 1991, with children regularly present, Gotha as a teacher working at Sheppardson College, applied to be stationed at Gawa to teach them. This offer was declined, but undeterred Gotha decided to take six months leave with no pay to teach on the homeland as a ‘trial’. The six months turned into a full year but by the end of 1991 there was the encouragement of Gawa being registered as an official Homeland Learning Centre.
After many years of struggle and limited support Gotha and Colin’s desire to become a Christian School was granted in 2004. Gawa opened under the banner of NT Christian Schools. Now 55 students from three homelands attend Gawa Christian School and the small community of Gawa is thriving. God has chosen this place for His people.