Bawinanga and CDEP: the vibrant life, and near death, of a major Aboriginal corporation in Arnhem Land

Bawinanga and CDEP: the vibrant life, and near death, of a major Aboriginal corporation in Arnhem Land Book Section

Better than welfare? Work and livelihoods for Indigenous Australians after CDEP

  • Author(s): Altman, Jon
  • Secondary Author(s): Jordan, Kirrily
  • Published: 2016
  • Publisher: CAEPR
  • ISBN: 9781760460273 (pbk)

Abstract: In this chapter, the author examines the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation located at Maningrida in Arnhem Land. Bawinanga is an Aboriginal corporation and for over 20 years it was also a Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) organisation. It was established in 1979 and, during the first decade of the 21st century, it became one of the largest and most financially successful Indigenous corporations in Australia. Bawinanga succeeded in remote and difficult circumstances largely devoid of market opportunity where others, including the Australian colonial state from 1957, have failed. Its only serious competitor in the Maningrida region is the Maningrida Progress Association, a community-owned organisation that focuses on retail trade in the township of Maningrida. Much of Bawinanga's success can be linked historically to its productive deployment and reconfiguring of CDEP funding support from the Australian government. The focus of the chapter is on the relationship between CDEP and Bawinanga, as their life cycles are closely related; Bawinanga was established as a small community-based outstation resource agency two years after CDEP began. Both were new and innovative institutions in the 'Indigenous sector'. The author provides an account of the consequences of the demise of CDEP for Bawinanga, its members and the regional population more generally. Edited excerpts from publication.

  • Urls: http://press-files.anu.edu.au/downloads/press/n2019/pdf/ch07.pdf
  • Publisher Location: Acton
  • Database Name: VOCEDplus
  • Keywords: Community development, Labour market program, Remote, Employment creation, History, Employment opportunity, Case study, Training, Indigenous people, Employment, Culture and society, Demographics, Outcomes, Policy, Research, Teaching and learning, Northern Territory, Australia, Oceania

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Altman, Jon, 2016, Bawinanga and CDEP: the vibrant life, and near death, of a major Aboriginal corporation in Arnhem Land, Book Section, viewed 13 June 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=11498.

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