The Barang Regional Alliance is the Central Coast Aboriginal community’s representative voice to government. As an alliance, we bring together 7 ‘Opt-In’ Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations from across the region, with equal board representation, supporting the Alliance as a representative regional governance structure.
Our Board supports the Barang team to understand the communities voice to represent the needs of the region. Barang engages both state and federal governments to advocate for structural reform, for the communities rights and service delivery needs, and the regional development priorities of our community.
We partner with the Commonwealth Government through our participation in Empowered Communities (EC) initiative and the NSW State Government LocalDecision Making’ (LDM) initiative.
Further to formal relationships with the tiers of government through structured reform programs, Barang develops strategic partnerships and relationships with non-government partners including in the NGO, academic and corporate sectors.
We have established strategic partnership with the University of Newcastle’s Wollotuka institute, Indigenous Data Network (University of Melbourne) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) through the establishment of our Regional Aboriginal Data Network, Ngiyang Wayama.
At a local level we maintain working level partnerships with the Central Coast Community Legal Centre, Regional Youth Support Services, University of Newcastle, Central Coast Aboriginal interagency network, and Aboriginal and employment interagency.