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Since establishment in 2016, Binarri-binyja yarrawoo (BBY) has worked to build a strong organisational base with strong governance policies, accountability to member organisations and a passion for change. 

Significant work has been undertaken to start building a shared way of working within Empowered Communities and for making decisions with Government over the long term.  We are committed to learning through doing, and are developing ways to effectively measure our local and regional progress.

Our regional development agenda identifies our shared priorities for the East Kimberley to improve economic, social and cultural development for Aboriginal people.

Key Findings:

  • BBY are ready to co-design a Regional Partnership Table, where we make agreements with Government, NGOs and corporates about long term reform in the region and the investment needed to support it.
  • While it is difficult to get an accurate snapshot of State and Federal Government funding flows in the East Kimberley, our investment mapping suggests that the share of Government contracting in the region is directed towards infrastructure and health care. While funding for infrastructure and tertiary healthcare is important, we will not advance Aboriginal Development or Regional Development in the East Kimberley until we invest in people. We must redirect funding away from crisis responses and toward building human capability.
  • Jobs and Training are high priorities for Aboriginal people in Kununurra. It is important to have meaningful employment opportunities and a diverse industry base to support Aboriginal businesses.
  • Language and culture is required to support strong relationships between families and schools, coupled with the provision of intensive family support services.
  • Providing youth and their families opportunity to thrive is a high concernparticularly responses to youth who require complex support.



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