In 1973, conversation around the formation of a community-focussed Aboriginal organisation in Newcastle began to rumble.
Over 40 years on and Awabakal has grown to become a leading Aboriginal organisation in New South Wales.
Many challenges were overcome to build the organisation to where it is today. Commencing business in 1975, Awabakal’s former identity – Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-operative Limited – was officially registered in February 1977.
This was the genesis of an organisation that has grown to become one of the largest Aboriginal community-owned and run organisations in New South Wales – a leading example of Aboriginal community power in Australia.
In 1977, Awabakal’s objectives were broad and centred around providing services in the areas of employment, culture, health, welfare, sport, housing and education.