Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly

2012 highly commended

The Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly was set up as a regional governance structure to support Community Working Parties (CWPs), governance bodies in the 16 Murdi Paaki region communities. MPRA’s governance charter “expresses our resolve to manage our own affairs, build sustainable communities and determine our own future. It demonstrates the depth of our resolve to make real improvements in our well-being.”

“Murdi Paaki is unique in its independence, its conscious choice to remain unincorporated despite clear pressure to do so. Its independence is its strength, and it allows people to come to the table and bring their issues forward without the burden of anyone else’s agenda or the pressures of service delivery. They have been and will continue to be a powerful and effective voice for the people of their region.”

Chris Cottier, Senior Manager Community and Indigenous Affairs, BHP Billiton Iron Ore and IGA judge

“We have to have a louder voice. This (MPRA) is our louder voice.”

Maureen O’Donnell, Broken Hill Community Working Party representative, Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly