Maranguka governance model
Bourke Tribal Council is the overarching community governance body representing the 24 clan and family groups of the Aboriginal community of Bourke.
Strategic Working Groups have been established and developed from the priorities recognised in Safe, Smart and Strong.
The Working Groups comprise of government and non- government agencies, service providers and Bourke community members. The Working Groups are forums to workshop problems facing the community and the best possible community driven solutions.
Each Working Group has adopted a ‘test and trial approach’ to determine over time which activities best drive progress towards the goals and targets of the working groups. Within the Groups they also help to identify existing and new funding sources. Input from families, services and the broader community are continuously called on to inform the Working Groups. They then use data and feedback from the community and the Bourke Tribal Council to closely monitor the performance of the activities and adapt as necessary.
The project is also supported by a Cross Sector Leadership group that comprises of senior bureaucrats in government and other stakeholders that assist in authorising and facilitating the work in Bourke as well as removing blockages. The Honourable Mr Brad Hazzard, NSW Minister for Health is the designated government champion.