The NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Regional Alliances (NCARA)
The NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Regional Alliances (NCARA) is comprised of nominated representatives from each of the NSW Aboriginal Regional Alliances established to have an increased say in government service delivery, exchange ideas and consider common issues, as well as providing leadership and advocacy where and when necessary. The primary focus of the NCARA is to:
Advocate on issues that relate to the application of policy, program delivery and funding for Aboriginal peoples in regard to basic and essential services.
Promote discussion and consider common issues.
Identify risks and opportunities.
Strategically plan for the future needs of Aboriginal communities.
Coordinate and collaborate on priorities across the regions.
Support the aspirations and achievements of regions, including providing mutual support for participating and emerging regional alliances.
The NCARA meet on a bi-monthly basis with peak bodies and government stakeholders in an effort to build and strengthen the relationships needed to deliver tangible outcomes for Aboriginal people across NSW.
The NCARA also distribute a bi-monthly regional alliance newsletter which details the outcomes of meetings, recent alliance news and upcoming dates.
Local Decision Making Aboriginal Regional Alliance Gathering was held over 20-22 March at Aanuka Beach Resort in Coffs Harbour.
Hosted by the NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Regional Alliances (NCARA) and supported by Aboriginal Affairs NSW, the gathering brought together representatives of regional alliances from across NSW to strengthen collaboration and communication between the regional alliances by creating a forum for exchanging best practice models and showcasing alliance’s successes and aspirations.
Participants were given the opportunity to strengthen their capacity and contribute to the future of Local Decision Making through the delivery of practical workshops led by leading Australian organisations; the Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research and Amnesty International.
The gathering was facilitated by Lillian Gordon, a proud Aboriginal woman from Nyiampaa (Ngemba) and Gamilaroi country in Brewarrina in Northern NSW and Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours conducted cultural tours, showing delegates the sites of beautiful Gumbaynggirr country.
Aboriginal Affairs NSW are currently working in partnership with NCARA to progress the outcomes of the gathering. A FilmPond video is also being created to highlight the outcomes and events. The film and outcomes will made available on the Aboriginal Affairs website shortly.