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Maranguka, meaning ‘caring for others’ in Ngemba language is a community hub that works alongside the people of Bourke.

Maranguka is a grassroots tool for all our people to shape and determine our future. It is a vehicle to empowerment, self-determination, co-design and flexible service delivery.

As a community we need to be empowered to take greater self-responsibility in coordinating services and caring for our own. Maranguka is our way of doing community business and development.

By building Maranguka, our people are taking control of our own future. Government, Bourke Shire Council, NGOs and others are supporting and working with us and the community to ensure we have a say in managing better service options.


Maranguka is a new way of doing business.

We are working in alignment with the safe, smart strong strategy to create greater opportunities for people in Bourke.

The strategy was developed by the community to grow our kids up safe, smart and strong.

One of our strengths is that we have Aboriginal-led community level governance and steering bodies that can shift the balance of ownership and control back towards community.

As well as the Maranguka Backbone Team the Maranguka Community Hub houses a range of services for our community


Regular working groups implement the community the priorities recognised in the Safe, Smart and Strong strategy. Find out more and get involved.


Empowering Bourke: How Local Voices are Redefining Public Service

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The Sydney Morning Herald article discusses the success of the Maranguka project in Bourke, a community-driven initiative that significantly improved social outcomes in the town. The project, which involves collaboration…

Maranguka’s Model: Leading the Way in Community-Driven Public Sector Reform

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Maragnuka's innovative approach in community-led initiatives is commendably featured in an article on The Mandarin, showcasing how this Aboriginal community-led project in Bourke, NSW, is setting a precedent in public…

Maranguka wins national award

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Contributors to the success of the Maranguka crime prevention model celebrating with the Gold Award l-r: Buddy Moore of CatholicCare, Kameli Nawaqavou of Birrang, Maranguka Acting CEO Cathy Lowe, volunteer…

Maranguka acknowledges and pays respect to all of the Aboriginal people and families living in, and associated with our Bourke community