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Western Australians check out Maranguka success

WA visitors to Maranguka were welcomed to Bourke on a fact finding tour, l-r Jamaul Wright, Tanya Demmery, Jamie Moore, Phil Sullivan, Denise Cottrill, Kate Boston, Lyiata Ballangarry, Maxime Nina, Naomi McMahon, Tracey Tonga, Sandra Kelly and Lizzie Orcher. Photo TWH

Regional Development Australia – Orana recently hosted a delegation from Carnarvon in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia.

The group visited Bourke and Brewarrina to learn firsthand about Maranguka, Bourke’s successful justice reinvestment initiative.

Launched in 2013, Maranguka is the first Aboriginal-led place-based model of justice reinvestment in Australia.

The Yinggarda Aboriginal Corporation from Carnarvon sent a contingent of people over to gain a better understanding of how the justice reinvestment project works, with a view to establishing something similar in their own region.

RDA – Orana CEO, Justine Campbell said it was a fact-finding trip that doubled with the opportunity for immersion in the local community.

“The Carnarvon group was coming over to understand what has worked and what hasn’t worked at Maranguka and what advice they would have for the Carnarvon community at this early stage of their program,” Ms Campbell said.[…]

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