Aboriginal family resettlement scheme

Many important Aboriginal community organisations based in Newcastle are a direct result of the Aboriginal family resettlement scheme. The Newcastle Awabakal Co-operative is one of the major achievements of the time. It is established to provide empowerment to Aboriginal communities throughout the Hunter through the delivery of health and social services. The Awabakal Co Operative announces its intent to bring about wide sweeping social reforms for all Gooris. This includes establishing an Aboriginal Health Centre, a permanent resource and cultural centre, an Aboriginal school, an Aboriginal Legal Service, a home work centre, a club, and a housing Co Op. They also reclaim sacred sites including within the Wattagans. (Maynard, Awabakal voices, p83).