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When did Maningrida art and culture become unimportant?

Ten years ago, Maningrida artists and community members selected a spot for the Maningrida Arts and Culture alongside the airport and a tract of vacant land that would allow future expansion. Our now internationally renowned artists, including John Mawurndjul OAM, Johnny Bulunbulun, Lena Yarinkura and Bob Burruwal, had the foresight to select that site with

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Bawinanga Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Forty years ago today, Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) became the final incarnation of a series of grassroots Aboriginal community organisations at Maningrida, 500 kilometres northeast of Darwin. It was 1979, and community friction, an influx of Balandas (white people), a sense of powerlessness and a desire to return to their family’s country, led community leaders

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BAC spices up Maningrida

Maningrida Wild Foods, a Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC) enterprise, today launched a unique Kakadu Plum spice mix developed in partnership with Outback Chef. BAC CEO, Ingrid Stonhill, said the mix had been developed to enhance the flavour and boost the nutritional value of the meat and fish dinners preferred by Maningrida locals. The spice mix’s

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One size doesn’t fit all

CEO Blog – Ingrid Stonhill, July 2019. I enjoy regular, wide-ranging chats with a particular Traditional Owner here in Maningrida. His knowledge and wisdom never cease to amaze me.  During a recent chat he cited cultural awareness commentators Quappe and Cantatore: “A fish only discovers its need for water when it is no longer in

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Maningrida kids – famous for all the wrong reasons

CEO blog – by Ingrid Stonhill, June 2019 I am a compassionate woman, perhaps more so because I am a mother. The gift of giving life is life changing.  The lens in which you view the world changes forever.  It becomes crucial to make the world a better place for our children to thrive and

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Bawinanga Adopts-A-Lawyer

A group of Australia’s top lawyers spent last week in a remote West Arnhem Land community marking the commencement of a new pro bono relationship to provide Maningrida Arts and Culture with three years of pro bono legal services. The deal is part of the national ‘Adopt A Lawyer’ program created and brokered by the

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Governing vulnerable people

A blog by CEO, Ingrid Stonhill, Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation The Royal Commission into Child Sex Offending has produced many essential recommendations to protect those unable to defend themselves. This has significant implications for the not-for-profit sector, particularly those delivering on government contracts. Most noticeable is the increased compliance requirements for those working with vulnerable people.

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Laughs and learning at free local language classes

Maningrida visitors and residents are learning the local language Kuninjku at free weekly language classes. The Bininj Kunwok Regional Language Centre funds the language teachers and classes are held every Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Supported by Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation, the classes are taught by Bàbbarra Women Centre’s Kuninjku experts, Janet Marawarr, Jennifer Wurrkidj, Raylene

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