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Aboriginal Regional Alliances

There are currently seven Aboriginal regional alliances in NSW, each one set up under Local Decision Making to negotiate on behalf of local Aboriginal communities with the NSW Government about the design and delivery of services to their communities. An eighth is in the process of formation.

In 2013 Aboriginal Affairs called for open expressions of interest from Aboriginal communities wanting to be part of Local Decision Making. An evaluation committee then assessed the applications before deciding where Local Decision Making negotiations would start.

On 4 December 2013, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs announced Aboriginal regional alliances listed below had been selected:

  • Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly (Far Western NSW)
  • Illawarra Wingecarribee Aboriginal Alliance Corporation (Illawarra/Wingecarribee)
  • Regional Aboriginal Development Alliance (North Coast)

Given the high level of interest in Local Decision Making and the work that Aboriginal communities are already undertaking in partnership with government, the Minister announced more sites in 2014, relying on the expressions of interest already assessed in 2013. On 8 September 2014, the Minister announced Local Decision Making would be extended to:

  • Barang Regional Partnership (Central Coast)
  • Three Rivers Regional Assembly (Central West)

A further Aboriginal regional alliance was added on 5 March 2015:

  • Northern Region Aboriginal Alliance (New England North West)

In September 2016, the Regional Aboriginal Development Alliance split into two to make their respective boundaries more manageable. This formed a new Aboriginal regional alliance:

  • Tribal Wave Assembly (Lower North Coast)

Northern Region Aboriginal Alliance (NRAA)

The purpose of the NRAA is to achieve positive and sustained outcomes for Aboriginal people in the Northern Region through committed and collaborative engagement, decision making and action between community members, organisations and government.

The NRAA covers the local government areas of Armidale Dumaresq, Glen Innes Severn, Gunnedah, Guyra, Inverell, Liverpool Plains, Muswellbrook, Singleton, Tamworth Regional, Tenterfield, Upper Hunter, Uralla, Walcha and Warrumbungle

Through strong leadership, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations implement an informed and inclusive consultation process which will give a voice to whole of the Aboriginal community within the boundary of NRAA to either highlight issues or influence change in services for the betterment of the community.

Health, education, economic development and employment, social justice and housing.

“As alliances we need to be on the same page, connecting with each other and presenting as a unified voice. We need to support each other.”
Aunty Jean Hands Chair, Northern Region Aboriginal Alliance

Chairperson: Mark Davies

Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Greater Northern Region 0475 961 279

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Three Rivers Regional Assembly (TRRA)

TRRA as a collective authentic Aboriginal leadership group provides the highest standard of regional governance, through mutual accountability, advocating, supporting and strengthening local communities towards sustainable long-term partnerships. The role and responsibilities of the TRRA is to work towards ensuring Aboriginal communities have a real and genuine voice in negotiation consultations in determining what services are being developed and implemented.

TRAA covers the local government areas of Bogan, Dubbo, Warren, Bathurst Regional, Blayney, Gilgandra, Mid-Western Regional, Lithgow, Narromine, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Wellington, Forbes Lachlan and Cabonne.

To foster and nurture leadership. Be acknowledged, accepted, and known as the voice of the Aboriginal peoples within the TRRA boundary. Enhance Governance and Management to strengthen cultural integrity within local and regional communities. Encourage transparency, consistency and accountability in all decision-making within local and regional communities.

Housing, economic development, health and education.

Chairperson: Rod Towney

Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Greater Western Region 6887 4405

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Illawarra-Wingecarribee Alliance Aboriginal Corporation (IWAAC)

IWAAC represents the Local Decision Making interests of Illawarra and Wingecarribee Aboriginal communities of the Illawarra South East Coast of NSW. Incorporated by the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations in November 2015, IWAAC has its roots in the Illawarra Regional Partnership Agreement and Illawarra Community Based Working Group.

The IWAAC covers the local government areas of Wollongong, Kiama, Shellharbour and Wingecarribee.

Participating groups and organisations
IWAAC is comprised of the following Aboriginal groups and corporations: Bellambi Indigenous Corporation, KEJ Tribal Elders, Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation, SACYA, Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation, Illawarra AMS, Illawarra Koori Mens Group, Kullila, Yamanda Aboriginal Corporation, Koori Kulcha Aboriginal Corporation.

Education, police and justice, housing, employment and health.

Chairperson: Geoff Maher

Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Illawarra South-East Region 4478 2680

Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly (MPRA)

The Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly (MPRA) is the peak representative structure that represents the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in 16 communities across western NSW. MPRA was the first alliance to sign an LDM accord with the NSW Government, at Government House on 19 February 2015.

The MPRA covers the local government areas of Wentworth, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Central Darling, Cobar, Coonamble, Walgett, Bourke, and Unincorporated NSW

To establish Aboriginal jurisdiction in the Murdi Paaki region based on the recognition of our human rights as Aboriginal peoples, political, social and cultural respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australian society, and equitable participation in the economic development of the region.

Housing, economic development, education and early childhood.

What do you think is a major opportunity arising from Local Decision Making?
“Aboriginal peoples participating in and controlling decision making of government services and programs with authority through a legislative framework.”
Sam Jeffries, Former Chair, Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly

Chairperson: Des Jones

Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Greater Western Region 6887 4405

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Barang Regional Alliance

Barang is located on the NSW Central Coast around Gosford and Wyong. Barang aims to be a backbone organisation, speaking to government and other key stakeholders. Barang will also contribute to the retention of Aboriginal culture, create stronger community networks, develop local Aboriginal leadership and optimise investments in the Aboriginal community. Barang became incorporated in 2016 and in the same year, elected a new CEO and chair.

Barang covers the Gosford and Wyong local government areas.

Participating groups and organisations
The following seven organisations are represented by this alliance: Darkinjung LALC, NAISDA Dance College, The Glen Rehabilitation Centre, Mingaletta Aboriginal Corporation, Yerin Aboriginal Health Services, Bara Barang Corporation and Bungree Aboriginal Corporation.

Empowering Aboriginal people through a unified voice. Direct access to key government stakeholders – via the new Empowered Communities and Local Decision Making frameworks. Leadership – promoting local Indigenous led decisions, accountability and structure. Retention of Indigenous culture – for the wider community and future generations.

Barang focuses on youth, employment, homelessness, health and well-being, and culture.

“LDM is … working closely with Aboriginal organisations and government with a direct line to staff who have authority to make decisions at the table. Support and clear decision making without bureaucratic barriers.”
Denise Markham, Barang

Chairperson (interim): Kate Kelleher

Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Sydney/Newcastle Region 0457 751 167

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Regional Aboriginal Development Alliance (RADA)

RADA works in partnership with communities, employees and government agencies to improve service delivery and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

RADA commits to ensuring mutually beneficial outcomes for communities by building and maintaining relationships at the local level, working together to enable Aboriginal communities to have greater decision-making powers around service delivery to communities.

RADA covers the Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed local government areas.

Chairperson: Brett Tibbett

Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Greater Northern Region 0475 961 279

Tribal Wave Regional Assembly (TWRA)

In September 2016, RADA split into two regional alliances due to the extent of their geographical boundary, forming the Tribal Wave Regional Assembly (TWRA). The name signifies a people’s movement: “a wave 4 change”. Both regional alliances are currently working to resolve their governance arrangements.

TWRA covers the Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Gloucester, Greater Taree, Kempsey, Nambucca and Port Macquarie-Hastings, Williamtown, Medowie and Karuah local government areas.

Chairperson (interim): Kristine Garrett

Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Greater Northern Region 0475 961 279

Riverina-Murray Regional Alliance (RMRA)

Though not an official LDM site, RMRA has used the LDM model to develop its alliance structure. The recent reduction of government services, in particular the closure of the Aboriginal Affairs office in Wagga Wagga, motivated concerned community members to meet in 2014 to discuss forming a regional governance structure for the Riverina-Murray region. The aim of the RMRA is to ensure member communities have a genuine voice in determining how and what services are delivered in their communities and to increase the capacity of each community to make decisions about their future.

To align, unify and strengthen communities to ensure effective localised responses to identified service gaps and priorities.

Albury, Cootamundra, Cummeragunja, Deniliquin, Griffith, Hay, Leeton, Narrandera, Tumut and Wagga.

“We the people, the grass roots people, have a say in service delivery in our communities. Too long have we been dictated to and told this and that. We know what’s best for our people and can improve our own outcomes ourselves.”
Ruth Davys, Chairperson, Riverina-Murray Regional Alliance

Chairperson: Ruth Davys

Contact: Aboriginal Affairs Greater Western Region 6887 4405

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Want to know more?

Should you have questions relating to Local Decision Making please forward your query to:

Phone: 1800 019 998
Email: localdecisionmaking@aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au

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