Murray Valley Aboriginal Co-Op
The Murray Valley Aboriginal Cooperative was established in 1974 by the local Aboriginal community with the aims and objectives to improve the general living standards Aboriginal people of Robinvale. With the support of Government and Charity organizations, Education, Welfare, Health and Housing programs where developed and operated by the Cooperative with a varying degree of effectiveness to the current time. Manatunga Reserve was established as a Settlement for Aboriginal families of the region in the late 1950s and was closed shortly after the famous Referendum of 1967 giving Aboriginal people of Australia the right to vote, live freely and be counted in the National census.
Eleven small concrete two roomed homes on the outskirts of the Township provided shelter for Aboriginal people. Due to overcrowding and a growing number of families coming to the Town for work and family connections, another settlement grew on the Sand Pitts along the river approximately two kilometres away from the Reserve. The Sand Pitts was a Shanty Town of roughly put together shacks but nonetheless, provided shelter for many.
To provide services that are consistent with the core values of Aboriginality
To build strength and independence within our families to enable a firm Cultural foundation for our future Generation’s
Mon - Thu9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - SunClosed
Respect and support for the values of the Aboriginal Community
Honesty and integrity
Transparency, accountability and fairness in our decision making
Professional, reliable and timely service delivery’
Valuing our staff and provision of a diverse and supportive workplace
Displaying cultural strength and awareness
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