Welcome to Brewarrina Local Aboriginal Land Council

In pursuit of social justice, the council aims to support the local Aboriginal community as it seeks:
  • The right to a distinct status & culture,
  • The right to self determination, and
  • The right to land.

The Brewarrina Aboriginal fish traps is evidence of the sohpisticated Aboriginal understanding of engineering, physics, the land and its natural resources.  The Ngemba people are identified as the original custodians and the traps are argued to be the oldest surviving human structure in the world .  The Ngemba people shared the traps with other tribes  including the Morowari, Paarkinji, Weilwan, Barabinja, Ualarai and Kamilaroi.   Particular traps were assigned to each family group and maintained under Aboriginal law.  Neighbouring tribes were invited to the fish traps to join corroborees, initiation ceremonies, and meetings for trade and barter.

Brewarrina has been subject to 2 Royal Commissions, 2 Public Enquiries, 2 Ombudsmans Reports, 2 Census periods as NSW"s most disadvantaged and dominant figure in dropping of the edge data.  Our small team is working hard to turn things around. 

The Brewarrina Mission is the oldest institutional type facility in the state established by the Aboriginal Protection Board in 1886.  The mission is associated with the 'Stolen Generation' and the removal of Aboriginal people from their homes during the 1930's.  The girls dormitory was also significant because it was utilised by the Aboriginal Protection Board to house young girls who were forcibly removed from their families to be educated in domestic work then sent out in NSW to work.  With no buildings remaining the area mantains a strong cultural connection with the original cemetry being maintained by the community.

Identified as one NSW"s most disadvantaged communities for well over a decade, Bre LALC aims to promote community building activities and work with key stakeholders who have a mission to support the states most disadvantaged.  

A non-statutory NSW Aboriginal Land Council was established in 1977 as a specialist Aboriginal lobby on land rights.  It called for the full scale recognition of Aboriginal rights to land, resolved to form the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council.  The Council campaigned as a voluntary group for land rights until the passage of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NSW) in 1983.  Assisted by the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, the team at Brewarrina continue to work towards local land rights as we address the nations oldest outstanding land claim, a claim that has been outstanding since 1984.

If you are looking for contacts in and around Brewarrina, the following link will provide a list of all major service providers and contacts within the area.  Simply click the link below to view.

Brewarrina Council Directory

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One of the many services Brewarrina LALC offers is community consultation or project management.  We are currently key consultants on the Local Emergency Management Committee addressing pandemic concerns, we are conducting weed eradication and silt removal at Brewarrina Fish Traps, and we are also overseeing the Brewarrina Mission Restoration Project.  Our community seek inclusion in the works and projects that relate to them and have elected our board as their chosen representatives.  Our chairperson is pictured above, with the REDI.E team, preparing fresh water deliveries for our community during the drought.

As the Black Lives Matter movement attracts a lot of attention around the world, Brewarrina LALC has begun liaising with local police to address Police / Community relations. Local Police have employed two Aboriginal Community Liaison Officers who actively support the Police when dealing with the Aboriginal community.  As ACLO's are some times not available, the LALC has created roles designed to assist Police through their custody and victim support program.  Now when Police need assistance we have our own Custody and Victim Support staff who can be on called on to assist police with community relations.  

To be accepted as a member of Brewarrina LALC you must meet the following criteria.

(1) you identify as a person of Aboriginal descent. (2) you present documentation identifying your family's Aboriginal descent (3) be accepted by LALC members as a person of Aboriginal descent.  To apply CLICK HERE to download a member application form and send it to ceo@brelalc.org or mail it to us direct.  Please attach any documents you would like considered with your application.  It will be assessed at the next members meeting.  See below for our next meeting date.​  If you have any questions about this process simply call our office on mobile 0438286477. 

Brewarrina LALC has over 50 properties around Bre which are currently managed by Mid Lachlan and the Aboriginal Housing Office.  We are in discussions to become involved in the management of these properties.  Stay tuned whilst we conduct these negotiations.  Currently, if you have an enquiry about Aboriginal housing in Brewarrina, please contact Mid Lachlan on 1800 231 160.  If however, you wish to go on the waiting list for one of these properties please see us at the LALC.

To apply for a 'Confirmation of Aboriginality complete a membership application (CLICK HERE) and send it to ceo@brelalc.org (write confimation only if you don't want to become a member).  It is important to understand that we must follow policy which states that applicants must be accepted by our members as a person of aboriginal descent.  This can be difficult if the members don't actually know you.  When we read out your name at the meeting, if you don't think our members will recognise you, please add supporting information to verify your connection to Brewarrina.  If you have any questions about this process simply call us on mobile 0438286477.

Many employment opportunities are now coming by the LALC.  Keep an eye on our facebook page as we will post them there.  Some contractors may not have time to go through an advertising process and need workers fast.  These may often be small roles with only a few days work and require a person the next day - but every little bit helps.  If you would like to be considered for these, send your resume to ceo@brelalc.org and we will put your resume forward to prospective employers if they are requested from us.  


Our last member meeting was on the 12 August.  We are now aiming to conduct more regular meetings every 6 weeks or so.  Stay tuned whilst we look to establish the date for our next meeting.  For anyfeedback, requests, membership or Aboriginality applications, please contact our office or call John on mobile 0438 286 477.

The recent drought raised a lot of concerns about water in Brewarrina. You may recall the LALC teaming up with Dignity Water, Lanz Preistly and Roy Butler MP to bring fresh drinking water to Bre back in January. This time the LALC have teamed up with Steve Prodanovski and the AHO Hydropanel Project to bring. . . CLICK HERE TO READ ON

We are proud to announce Cecil Smith and Tracey Gordon have been appointed as diretors to the LALC board.  Cecil did some great work rebuilding our organisation back in 2016 so its great to see him back.  Tracey's expereince in the health space will make her an extremely valuable part of our leadership team.  Traceys image will be up shortly.

With a website upgrade the Brewarrina LALC began looking into our media reach. With 228 members and over 800 followers on facebook the LALC is becoming much stronger in the social media space.  Check out our 'BLOG' as we begin to retain a history of our news stories.  Stay tuned for some exciting upgrades in the media space.

We are proud to announce that after 6 months in the interim role John Reidy has been appointed as our permanent CEO.  John was our CEO back in 2016 and has proven himself to be a valuable community asset.  We look forward to John's support as we aim to target some ambitous projects over the next few years.  Welcome back John.

Don't miss out on all the lastest news.  Whilst we are now placing public interest stories on our blog, we place a lot of the more general information on facebook.  You can follow us by clicking the link below and liking our page.



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Contact Details


10 Sandon St, Brewarrina NSW 2839

PO Box 105, Brewarrina NSW 2839

Phone: (02) 6839 2273

Mobile: 0438 286 477

Email: ceo@brelalc.org

Website: brelalc.org

Facebook:  BrewarrinaLALC


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