Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative History
Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative Ltd is an independent community based not-for-profit Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation 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 wellbeing services at all life stages – from cradle to grave. The Cooperative has more than 300 members and more than 60 staff members.
The principle of Aboriginal community control is what makes us strong and able to continue to provide much-needed culturally appropriate programs and services.
Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative offers a range of services to Community members
Those seeking medical assistance, including GP’s access, Aboriginal Health Workers, assistance with ceasing smoking, diets, dental, psychology and pregnancy should contact our health care centre at 3 Banyan Street.
Those seeking assistance or support with family violence, youth justice, justice issues, homelessness, tenants at risk, social & emotional wellbeing, alcohol & drug and children’s services should contact out head office at 135 Kepler Street on ph. 03 5559 1234
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. The Gunditjmara today continue to act as the gate keepers of maintaining cultural practices through family kinship systems, dance, song, language, caring for country.
Gunditjmara people are traditional owners of an area extending from Portland in the south, around the coast to Port Fairy, Warrnambool and inland to Camperdown. Gunditjmara people are traditionally river, and Lake People, with Framlingham Forrest, Lake Condah and the surrounding river systems being of great importance to us both economically and spiritually.