Groups of Koori people from NSW are settling in the Sydney region in greater numbers. Many come from the Illawarra region, the North Coast and the Hunter River. The Illawarra people often settle at La Perouse, the northerners near the government boat sheds at Circular Quay near today’s Museum of Contemporary Art. They are drawn to the city because they are suffering increasing poverty and dislocation on their own lands, many are looking for work. The historian Heather Goodall writes that their demands for boats and lands draws as much attention as their drinking.