Bourke Family Focussed

Gawimarra Burrany Ngurung, Picking up the pieces: the Birrang/Maranguka Intensive Family-focused Case Management and Support Model

The Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 includes $25 million for Indigenous specific activities to address family violence in Indigenous communities.

“Indigenous women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised because of family violence than non-Indigenous women. Indigenous children are more than five times more likely than non-Indigenous children to be hospitalised for assault and eight times more likely to experience child abuse or neglect,” Minister Scullion, 28 October 2016

This program is a direct response to the challenge set by the Minister to address these shocking statistics of violence in Indigenous communities highlighted as a national priority under the Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. The specific strategies will focus on the provision of intensive family-focused case management to address behaviours that lead to family violence.

The family violence outcomes that this service aims to achieve are to reduce the violence in the community and the family, reduce the number of children who are being placed in out of home care due to family violence, improve family functionality, cause behavioural changes in the perpetrator and to assist the family in overcoming the impact of the trauma

The program will be delivered by Birrang Enterprise Development Co Ltd (Birrang) in partnership with Maranguka.

Download Media Release $1.5m to reduce family violence in Bourke PDF

Maranguka Driver Licensing Initiative

Justice Reinvest NSW has been working with the Bourke community since 2012. From community consultations it was evident that barriers to obtaining a driver’s license were having a significant impact on community – and that with proper resourcing, those barriers were largely surmountable. Driver licensing offences constitute a large proportion of offending and conviction rates in Bourke, and in many instances lead to imprisonment.

This is a fact that has been recognised by the Bourke Aboriginal Community Working Party for many years resulting in the 2009 Crime Prevention and Driver Education Program Feasibility Study.

For these reasons the Driver Licensing Initiative forms a key part of the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Circuit Breaker Proposals drafted in 2014.

In 2015 Maranguka and Justice Reinvest saw an opportunity for a collaborative approach which harnessed key partners with the necessary technical expertise and highly creditable track records such as Birrang Enterprise Development Co Ltd (Birrang), George Institute of Global Health and Justice Reinvest NSW. Birrang has been involved and supported the Maranguka Justice Reinvest since its commencement and has experienced the driver licensing issues aligned with the circuit breakers whilst delivering the Driver Learner Program across regional and remote NSW. This collaboration resulted in sourcing funding from the Vincent Fairfax Family and the Dusseldorp Forum to launch the Maranguka Driver Licensing Initiative. Recently a story appeared on The Point with Stan Grant. Click on link to view

S.O.S (Save our Sisters, Save our Sons)

Over the years a variety of programs focusing on crime prevention and the reduction of anti-social behaviour and domestic violence have been run in communities. Although these programs have had broad success, some gaps remain – one gap in particular is the young person’s connectedness and a sense of belonging to home, education and community. The S.O.S program is a grass roots approach that aims to bridge this gap by way of utilising whole of community support including elders and recognised role models as ongoing mentors to the individuals.

Through community support and partnerships, the delivery of behaviour changing, diversionary, and life skills programs will address the needs of Young people between 8 -18 yrs. old who are at risk of, or who are in contact with the criminal justice system. This program will help to reconnect individuals to community, school or education and for some, develop employment pathways. The program will provide the support and tools required for the youth to make positive life choices, improve their own wellbeing, resilience and reduce their involvement in the anti-social or violent behaviours.

Target Groups

The target groups will include;

  • Males and Females
  • Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people
  • Young people who are experiencing suspension, truancy, absenteeism or expulsion from school
  • Young People from Bourke and Brewarrina
  • Young People who wish to be referred to the Program (with consent)
  • Young People attending the Maranguka Warrant Clinic

Aims and Objectives

The Project aims and objectives are;

  • Develop a Maranguka Youth Council to oversee and guide the Program
  • Provide participants with cultural knowledge and links to community members.
  • Improve personal interactions and social behaviour of young people
  • Reduction the offending and re-offending rate of young people
  • Reduction in violence
  • Reduction in anti-social behaviour
  • Reduction in crime related offences
  • increased connectedness to community and education
  • Increased sense of belonging
  • Increase in individual wellbeing and resilience
  • Provide participants with information on alternatives to offending
  • Provide participants with information and Create an awareness of the effects of offending
  • Provide access to training/employment/education
  • Provide participants with information and create an awareness of the effects of drugs and alcohol
  • Develop skills to enable positive social and personal interactions
  • Provide participants with appropriate social and living skills
  • Collect relevant data for improvement, best practice and future programs
  • Improve the cultural knowledge of young people.
  • Help vulnerable young people build their capacity for a good future;
  • Improve social and economic outcomes for Aboriginal people;
  • Provide support to vulnerable adults and families so that they can participate fully in community life
  • Build strong and inclusive communities.