Yamba the Yerrampe and Jacinta from the new children’s series Yamba’s Playtime now screening on NBN.
Yamba the Yerrampe and Jacinta from the new children’s series Yamba’s Playtime now screening on NBN.

Another Yamba grows in popularity

WE ALL know Yamba is famous for prawns but what about a honey ant?

It's not quite that straightforward, though - the Yamba in question comes from a place far from the coast.

Yamba is the name given to a children's television character, a honey ant that has been well-known for 16 years in Central Australia but barely heard of on the Mid North Coast until recently.

The program, Yamba's Playtime, is screened on Imparja Television, a satellite broadcast service based in Alice Springs, which aims to promote Aboriginal culture and provide entertainment to remote and regional areas.

Coastal viewers now have the opportunity to catch Yamba and his friends as the new series is screening on NBN (Channel 9).

The 30-minute variety-style program for youngsters includes music, song, dance, stories and tales about activities in the life of "Yamba the Yerrampe" (honey ant) and his best friend, Jacinta.

You can catch the new series of Yamba's Playtime on NBN weekdays at 3.30pm and 9am on Fridays.

What 'Yamba' means

THERE are two theories as to the meaning of Yamba, one being that it is the local Aboriginal word for headland.

However, JS Ryan, following RL Dawson's early Recollections and Records of the Clarence Aborigines, believes the most likely derivation is an Aboriginal word "yumbah", meaning a rough edible shellfish the size of a man's hand that clings to rocks and is similar to an oyster.


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