The first Walgett Aboriginal Community Working Party, the “Gamiloroi Goondi Community Working Party” was set up in 1996 by the Murdi Paaki ATSIC Regional Council, to oversee implementation of a Commonwealth Government Aboriginal housing project in Walgett. It was chaired by Elder George Rose OAM and soon became an umbrella organisation for Aboriginal organisations and which met monthly with community, Council, police and many other service providers and government agencies. In its later years, the Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service (“WAMS”), Dharriwaa Elders Group (“DEG”), Walgett Local Aboriginal Land Council (“WLALC”) and the Walgett Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (“AECG”) drove the Walgett Gamilaraay Aboriginal Community Working Party (“WGACWP”). The participating incorporated organisations represented their members residing in Namoi and Gingie Villages and the town.
The most recent Chairperson was Christine Corby OAM, who resigned from the role 3 July 2017. The members continue to meet informally to progress their work, without representation to the Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly which has a Local Decisionmaking relationship with the NSW Government under its Ochre policy for Aboriginal Affairs. While a secretariat to the WGACWP remains unsupported by governments, the members of the WGACWP speak to governments individually and collectively, and through their NSW peak bodies.
Contact Murdi Paaki Regional Services for more information about the Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly.