Binaal Billa Regional Council Projects

Assignment name: Binaal Billa Regional Council Projects
Country: Australia
Location in country: Wagga Wagga, NSW
Name of Client: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services (ATSIS)
Date: April – June 2004

Narrative description of Project:

ATSIS provided overall funding to the Binaal Billa Regional Council (BBRC) to design, manage and implement the following three Projects:

1. Regional Strategic Plan 2004-2007 and Negotiation Strategy;
2. Feasibility Study for a Family Violence Healing Centre; and
3. Family Services Information Booklet.
The three Projects aimed to create a cohesive, strategically aligned set of social and regional planning objectives to improve the quality of services offered to the local Aboriginal community.

Description of actual services:

1. Regional Strategic Plan and Negotiation Strategy for the Binaal Billa Regional Council and ATSIS, 2004

Assai was engaged by ATSIS to design and manage the process for creating a Regional Strategic Plan and Negotiation Strategy for the Binaal Billa ATSIC Region. This included:
  • a long-term plan, providing a vision for the future;
  • a fundamental framework through which an organisation can assert its continuity, while at the same time adapting to a changing environment; and
  • the ultimate objective of being able to address stakeholders benefits and identify partnerships
The purpose of the Negotiation Strategy was to make negotiations between the BBRC and the State Government more successful, as ATSIS no longer existed. Successful negotiations would lead to better education, living standards, and life expectancy, and a continued faith of the Aboriginal people in their own future and institutions.

2. Study for a Family Violence Healing Centre for the Binaal Billa Regional Council and ATSIS, 2004

The Binaal Billa Regional Aboriginal Lands Council (BBRALC) approached ATSIS regarding their concerns with the high rate of family violence (FV) within the Binaal Billa Region. Assai conducted a Feasibility Study for the establishment of a Family Violence Healing Centre within the BBR. The Feasibility Study involved conducting a needs anaylsis to establish the requirement and location of a Family Violence Healng Centre (FVHC) within the BBR.

 

3. Family Services Information Booklet.

The production and delivery of the Family Services Information Booklet involved:

 

Identifying Government, Non-Government, Indigenous specific and mainstream services available in the BBR. Services included accommodation, community care, education, employment, family, health and legal services.

Design of a Services Directory that was designed to be easy to use for both the target audience and Aboriginal families, elders, youth and relevant service providers.

Production of some200 copies of the service directory for distribution by ATSIS.

Key features of the directory included:

 

  • user-friendly navigation
  • ‘how to use’ instances
  • user-friendly format
  • easy to update/keep updated

This approach involved planning, brainstorming with families and in particular women, research, design and formatting of the finished booklet, feedback from client, finalising contents ready for printing and delivery of booklet.

All projects and analysis involved: collaborative workshops with BBRC and community members; collaborative work with ATSIS staff; and research, costing, analysis and presentation.