Binarri-binyja yarrawoo (BBY) is the backbone organisation for Empowered Communities in the East Kimberley. Empowered Communities is led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, for Indigenous people and operates in eight regions across Australia.
Empowered Communities is a new way of working. Empowered Communities is a transformational reform that aims to empower communities by empowering people. It is led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, because we need to have greater influence and control over the decisions that impact on our lives. The Aboriginal-led reform initiative is underpinned by the principles of empowerment, development and productivity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from each region are working together with government and corporate Australia to change how Aboriginal policy is designed and delivered. It aims to shift the Indigenous affairs agenda from passive welfare and government overreach to empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals.
In the East Kimberley, BBY is the 'backbone' organisation supporting the implementation of Empowered Communities. Using a place-based collective impact model, BBY supports its members to work together to improve the lives of Aboriginal people in the region.
The establishment of youth space(s) has been identified locally as a priority for Wyndham. The Department of Premier and Cabinet has provided a small amount of funding to BBY to work alongside local ACCOs, service providers, and the Wyndham community as part of a project to develop an initial concept for the Wyndham Youth Place(s) services, to inform a future funding submission.
BBY has partnered with Nous Group to work alongside the Project Reference Group, undertake consultation and summarise the key features of the initiative into a report. Nous consultants, Selina Swan, Grace Hutchison and Chris Murphy will be in Wyndham from the 24th to the 28th of April, working alongside BBY to conduct consultation with community members, young people and service providers.
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