Aboriginal Partner Organisations

Mallee District Aboriginal Services

MDAS logoIn 30 years, Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) has grown to become north-western Victoria’s major service provider for Indigenous people.

With offices in Mildura, Swan Hill, Kerang and Robinvale, about 150 staff provide services for a potential client population of 5000 people in New South Wales and Victoria.

MDAS runs the Wiimpatja Healing Centre at Warrakoo Station, to the west of Mildura, which provides support, counselling and life skills for Indigenous men as an alternative to traditional incarceration.

MDAS is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people, and also to providing the leadership and co-operative spirit to break down barriers between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

MDAS’s logo comes from a design by local artist Sharon Kirby and symbolises the communities along the Murray River that MDAS services.

 

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

Njernda logoNjernda Aboriginal Corporation’s purpose is to deliver community-controlled, holistic services and programs that improve the physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing of the Aboriginal community of Echuca and surrounding areas.

Njernda, formerly the Echuca Aboriginal Cooperative, was established in 1974 by local Koori people fighting for recognition and self-determination.

Njernda provides services across a number of areas, including health, housing, childcare and family services. It runs the Yakapna Family Centre, the Baroona Healing Centre and a medical clinic.

 

Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association

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Willum Warrain's third birthday, 25 Mar 2017

Willum Warrain’s third birthday, 25 Mar 2017

Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association operates a Gathering Place in Hastings for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living on the Mornington Peninsula. It is a place of hope and healing for the mob down there as well as being a place of belonging. It also provides charitable support for community members experiencing distress in their lives.

Willum Warrain is also a destination for reconciliation and invites members of the public to visit and learn about the Aboriginal peoples (and their diverse cultures) who live in the local region.

Willum Warrain runs a range of programs, events and activities targeting the Aboriginal community on the Peninsula, with an emphasis on cultural strengthening and community engagement.

Unveiling of Bunjil sculpture, 28 April 2017

Unveiling of Bunjil sculpture, 28 April 2017

Current programs include a Men’s Group (funded by Gandel Philanthropy), a Bush Playgroup and Community Gardening. A Women’s Healing Circle recommenced in April 2017 with a possum-skin cloak project.

Willum Warrain has celebrated a number of notable events so far in 2017, including their third birthday celebration on 25 March. Over 180 people attended the Gathering Place on a beautiful sunny day. The celebration began with a smoking ceremony, and during the BBQ, a pair of wedge-tailed eagles were seen circling overhead.

On 28 April a magnificent statue of Bunjil, creator spirit of the peoples of the Kulin nation, was unveiled at the entrance to the Gathering Place. The sculpture, made by local artist Paul Mutimer, was funded through the generosity of the George Hicks Foundation. The unveiling was attended by Federal Minister for Health and Sport, Greg Hunt.

A large crowd attended a recent Sorry Day event at Willum Warrain. It was a powerful and moving gathering with an important focus on triumph over trauma and the resilience of Aboriginal communities.

Sorry Day at Willum Warrain, 26 May 2017

Sorry Day at Willum Warrain, 26 May 2017. All photos courtesy of Willum Warrain

 

 

Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation

Winda-Mara logoWinda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation provides services to the local Aboriginal communities in and around the south-western Victorian towns of Heywood, Hamilton and Portland.

Through its team of staff, 72% of whom are Aboriginal, Winda-Mara provides a broad range of services in the following fields:

  • health and community wellbeing
  • housing
  • land management
  • heritage and culture
  • economic development
  • tourism
  • family services and kinship care
  • home and community care
  • education, training and employment

Click here to download Winda-Mara’s 2015-16 Annual Report.