Community Development

The Indigenous Women’s Project, funded by the Indigenous Coordination Centre, allows the Babbarra Women’s Centre to engage in activities that are for the benefit of all women who live in both the Maningrida Township and on their homelands.

The Maningrida Women’s Committee meets every two months and brings the women of Maningrida together to talk and network. It is a major opportunity for the agencies in Maningrida to communicate with each other about their programs and to draw their resources together, creating stronger and more cohesive services in the community. Likewise, it is also an opportunity for external agencies to access a broad cross section of Maningrida women, hence communicating effectively. The Maningrida Women’s Committee also hosts and supports health information sessions and research.

BAC’s CDEP, BAC Housing and the Babbarra Women’s Centre are working together to re-establish five outstation women’s centres. The focus of this project is to provide activities for women living on their homelands. The major pursuit at each centre will be textile design and sewing, however there is huge scope for different activities in the future. This project is well underway and will be completed in 2012. These projects exemplify BAC’s commitment to community development.