Arnhem Land Eco-Cultural Tours
Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) owns and operates the award winning Arnhem Land Eco-Cultural Tours (ALECT). We are proud to offer a variety of tours and packages that ensure a true Arnhem Land experience that only a privileged few are fortunate enough to experience. Accommodation in our Eco Lodge "Djinkarr" overlooking the Tomkinson Flood plain is reward alone. Catering is a worthwhile inclusion and our gourmet meals are produced locally in the BAC's Good Food Kitchen.
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Babbarra Women's Centre
The Babbarra Women’s Centre (BWC) began as a women’s refuge in the 1980s. Now a women’s CDEP centre it provides employment and training opportunities through the establishment and operation of small business enterprises. Approximately 25 staff women were engaged in the Women’s Centre activities in 2010-2011. Babbarra Women’s Centre is particularly unique in that it provides a diverse range of meaningful employment opportunities for women with low levels of western education.
When visiting Maningrida whether it be for work or pleasure we have accommodation to meet your needs both in Maningrida township or 18km from the town center at Djinkarr outstation. Djinkarr is in a beautiful bush setting over looking the stunning Tomkinson, flood plains with glimpses of the Liverpool River you can enjoy the spectacular Arnhem land sunsets.
BAC Aged Care
BAC Aged Care provides a variety of support and care services to the elderly and to those people with disabilities living in Maningrida and the surrounding region. The main aim of BAC Aged Care is to deliver a professional and quality service to the elderly and to provide support for people who choose to live on their Outstations.
BAC Air Services
BAC Air Services offers an air charter service for Maningrida and surrounding communities. Including food and medical supplies to BAC outstations.
Our Gippsland Airvan allows us to offer very competitive rates and is capable of moving up to 8 people or can be easily converted into a freight configuration.
BAC Car Hire
Bawinanga has recently established the first hire car service in Manigrida Community to support business travelers. Bawinanga has a range of vehicles suited to Arnhem Land that are focoused on safty and comfort.
Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) Housing has continued to support and maintain essential services for 32 Outstations and has recently facilitated a number of projects in Maningrida. BAC Housing provides major infrastructure support to BAC, the community and the Maningrida region. Although the Wet Season was long and intense, staff worked hard in particularly difficult conditions. Major training milestones were reached and projects continued to be accomplished.
BAC Mechanical Workshop
The Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) Mechanical Workshop provides a vehicle repair service to the BAC fleet, Maningrida and Outstation residents, and other agencies within Maningrida. It also has a spare-parts retail outlet and wrecking yard that offers second hand parts for sale.
BAC Money Management Service
The Money Management Service (MMS) has been operating in Maningrida since 2009. It provides practical and essential support to assist people build longer-term capability to manage their money better, and increase financial resilience. MMS currently services the Maningrida Township, where there is a high Indigenous population, and plans are in place to include Maningrida Outstations. MMS is voluntary, confidential and free. People with complex financial issues are referred to the appropriate support services.
The BAC Nursery has seen a resurgence over the past year, and is beginning to stand out on its own as a BAC Enterprise. With a small staff of CDEP participants including Leila Nimbadja (who has been the backbone of the nursery for many years), the propagation and sale of plants has steadily risen, and turnover has increased. The nursery grounds have been groomed for easier maintenance and the old “buddy garden” has been re-established as the “Model Food Garden”, with the help of some enthusiastic students and teachers from the Maningrida School.
BAC Outdoor Supply & Bush Deliveries
Bush Deliveries is a mobile shopping service for those people who choose to reside on their Homeland or Outstation. This essential service is managed and operated by BOS staff. Tray-back utilities carry food supplies and other necessities to each Outstation once a fortnight during the Dry Season. When there is no road access during the Wet Season, BAC Air continues the service.
The BAC Road Crew
The Road Party is contracted during the Dry Season to maintain the Maningrida to Ramingining road —to the Blyth River crossing, and the Maningrida to Darwin road—to Dreaming Lady crossing. Work scope includes the repair of flood damage, gravel sheeting and grading.
Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) Training is situated close to many of the BAC businesses in the industrial precinct of Maningrida. Sharing the same premises as the Maningrida Employment Service and Money Management enables the services to work closely together in provision of courses.
Barlmarrk is the largest retail enterprise component of the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) and serves the vital role of providing the Maningrida Community with fresh food, clothing and household necessities—all at competitive prices. Although it did not show financial growth in 2010-2011, the business was able to place a focus on consolidating the supermarket’s core business and preparing and initiating new services for the community.
The Djelk Rangers are a Maningrida based Indigenous land management group that has been in continuous operation since the early 1990s. Their area of responsibility covers the Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) region encapsulating what is now the Djelk Indigenous Protected Area.
Djelk Wild Life Services
A combination of extensive Wet Season flooding and delays in the processing of Land Use Agreements at the Northern Land Council (NLC), resulted in a less than average crocodile egg harvesting season. Hatchling production was down by 50% on last season. Approximately 640 hatchlings were produced from almost 900 harvested eggs. Incubation success rates however, were still well above average at 75 %.
Maningrida Employment Service
The Maningrida Employment Service (MES) opened in 2009 through a commercial Jobs Services Australia contract that is responsible for providing employment and related services to the town and its Outstations. The MES provides services to people who are receiving Australian Government payments and supports them to look for and find work or to develop skills through vocational and structured training programs.
The Good Food Kitchen
Good Food Kitchen continues to prepare and sell fresh, healthy take away food in Maningrida. During the Federal government inquiry into remote community stores, GFK was identified as a benchmark enterprise among all Aboriginal communities, due to its commitment to providing healthy eating alternatives.
Maningrida Arts & Culture
Maningrida Arts and Culture (MAC) represents more than 800 artists of the Maningrida region. The organisation implements a policy of acquisition which creates certainty and security for artists and ensures their works are presented respectfully and to a high standard. New and emerging artists are also encouraged through this policy. The majority of Aboriginal artists represented by MAC live on their Outstations. They take both their inspiration and their materials from country.
Maningrida Crèche plays an important role in the community by providing a safe, happy and educational environment for children aged 0 – 4 years. This free service allows parents to engage in full or part-time employment, education and training or Community Development and Employment Program (CDEP) activities, without additional concerns for their children.
The Road Party
The Road Party is contracted during the Dry season to maintain the Man- ingrida to Ramingining road (to the Blyth River crossing), and the Manin- grida to Darwin road (to the Dreaming Lady crossing). The work includes the repair of flood damage, gravel sheeting and grading. There is a base camp in Maningrida, where all the machinery and vehicles are serviced by a diesel mechanic.
YE-YA - Mens's CDEP Centre
YE-YA is a Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) resource centre for men which undertakes a number of activities for Maningrida township and Outstations.