Working Towards a Better Future
Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring new perspectives and are willing to take risks. Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative Ltd emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. Established in 1979 we’re an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions and a strong foundation of support.
Gunditjmara means ‘belonging to person’ and the Gunditjmara Nation shares its borders to the west with the Buandig people, to the north with the Jardiwadjali and Djab Wurrung peoples, and to the east with the Kirrae Whurrong. Our Nation’s totem is “Bunjil” the Eagle. Gunditjmara people continue to act as gatekeepers in maintaining cultural practices in family kinship systems, through dance, song, language and caring for country.
The Gunditjmara people are traditional owners of the coastal area extending from Portland in the south, Port Fairy, Warrnambool and inland into Camperdown. Gunditjmara people are traditionally river and lake people with Budj Bim, Framlingham Forrest, Lake Condah and the surrounding river systems being of great cultural significance and importance historically, economically and spiritually.
Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative Ltd is an independent community based not-for-profit Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation that was founded by a group of volunteers from the local Aboriginal community of the Victorian South West region in 1979. From humble beginnings to long-term vision of our community has driven the organisation as the primary provider of social, health and cultural services in our region.
The Cooperative was incorporated in 1982 and now delivers a wide range of culturally appropriate health and well-being services at all life stages from cradle to grave. The Cooperative has more than 300 members and more than 60 staff members.