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CHAIR: Rowena Jackson
SECRETARY: Narelle Whitham, Disability advocate
TREASURER: Ray Davy, Corporate/ HR
DIRECTOR: Raymond Woods, Indigenous representative
DIRECTOR: Annette Gamble, Remote communities
DIRECTOR: Jan Renwick
DIRECTOR: Ian Tully, Regional Gallery Director
DIRECTOR: Airlie Circuitt


Balranald Shire

Berrigan Shire

Carrathool Shire

Hay Shire

Edward River

Murray River


Aboriginal Population and Language Groups
At the time of the 2016 census, 3 LGAs had percentages of the population above the average (5.5% in NSW outside Greater Sydney) that identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander – Balranald (8.7%), Carrathool (8%) and Hay (6%). The other three LGAs in the region had a combined percentage of 3.2%. Due to the large geographical nature of the region, the Aboriginal population distribution is vast.

The region is home to a large number of Indigenous cultural, clan and language groups including but not limited to:

  • Wiradjuri


  • Nari Nari
  • Yitha Yitha
  • Madi Madi
  • Wadi Wadi
  • Wemba Wemba
  • Baraba Baraba
  • Yorta Yorta
  • Dadi Dadi

Significantly the region is home to:

  • the largest Indigenous Protection Area in southeast Australia, and home of the Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan people. The 22,373 ha property of Mawonga includes 15 shelters with rock art, ancient campsites and scarred trees and provides critical habitat for 23 threatened species.


  • Mungo National Park, cared for by three traditional owner groups, the Paakantii, Ngyiampaa and Mutthi Mutthi people that have walked these tradional lands for at least 45,000 years.
  • The internationally significant Ramsar wetlands and Indigenous heritage sites along the Edwards and Murray rivers incorporating the Central Murray State Forests of Millewa, Perriccota and Werai.

Indigenous Arts Organisations

  • Hay Aboriginal Lands Council
  • Hay Aboriginal Corporation Community Working Party
  • Nari Nari Tribal Council
  • Deniliquin Aboriginal Land Council
  • Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre, Deniliquin
  • Balranald Aboriginal Land Council
  • Murray Valley Aboriginal Cooperative Ltd
  • Moama Aboriginal Land Council
  • Bridge Arts Project Committee Echuca Moama
  • Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation
  • Cummeragunja Aboriginal Lands Council
  • Winangakirri Aboriginal Corporation Roto
  • Hillston Aboriginal Corporation
  • Lake Cargellico Lands Council

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