During its lifetime Marra Worra Worra has been a driving force in helping Aboriginal people return to their country to live in independent communities.
This is reflected in the ever increasing numbers of communities serviced by Marra Worra Worra over the years, from the original seven, that became seven in 1978, twenty by 1984, thirty five by 1992 and over forty by 2012. We’ve seen our communities grow and we have endured many changes to government and their policy.
In 1969, the introduction of the Pastoral Award saw more than a thousand Aboriginal people displaced from surrounding cattle stations and forced to live in atrocious living circumstances on the fringes of Fitzroy Crossing – refugees in their own country.
To address this situation the leaders of the five surrounding tribes began meeting at the banks of the Fitzroy River with the goal of working together to form a stronger voice to talk to government.
By 1978 the meetings had become institutionalised under the name of this meeting place; Marra Worra Worra.
The collaboration of the 5 language groups within Fitzroy Crossing led to efforts to obtain tenure to our traditional lands, address the social issues that had arisen throughout a century of oppression and a decade of upheaval, and to begin developing sustainable communities.