The Moorditch Gurlongga Association (MGA) is an Aboriginal organisation providing a range of services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the South East metropolitan region of Perth, Western Australia. MGA was established in 1985 to provide childcare services to the local Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island community and has been operating for over 30 years.
Today MGA (trading as Coolabaroo) provides a range of services to people from all walks of life and cultures although our focus is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We do this by providing a suite of wrap around services through the following programs:
We practice a holistic approach to service delivery that is culturally appropriate, tailored for both individuals and the community, that are inclusive of culture, health, housing, training and education.
The organisation's future focus is to continue to support and strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
Our continued success in working with the community and our ability to secure government funding to deliver our services will also be strengthened, with the aim to increase our self-determination, innovation and sustainable business development practices.
We look forward to the challenges of the future and we are confident that we are positioned to continue to provide quality services to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
Moorditch Gurlongga (Good Children) Association was the vision of a group of health professionals and Aboriginal students from Thornlie TAFE. It was identified that grandparents were caring for up to 13 grandchildren, whilst parents studied. In 1985, MGA, together with Aboriginal TAFE students, became MGA Association Inc.
Coolabaroo Neighbourhood Centre (CNC) was established to provide family support and day care for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the South East Metropolitain corridor of Perth, WA. The services provided include an early childhood education and care service, before school care, after school care and vacational care.
Coolabaroo Housing Service (CHS) is funded under the joint Commonwealth / State Supported Accommodation Assistance Program. The overall aim of National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) is to provide transitional supported accommodation and related support services to help homeless people achieve the maximum possible level of self reliance and independence.
Over the past five years MGA has continued to increase the service provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families, which has seen the establishment of the following additional services. Season to Season Lawn Mowing and an established Partnering Agreement with Wungening Aboriginal Corporation.