The MAOA (Midwest Aboriginal Organisation Alliance – a coalition of Aboriginal Organisations in Geraldton) Housing Project commenced in 2011 and focused on understanding housing issues faced by Aboriginal people in Geraldton.
The MAOA (Midwest Aboriginal Organisation Alliance – a coalition of Aboriginal Organisations in Geraldton) Housing Project commenced in 2011 and focused on understanding housing issues faced by Aboriginal people in Geraldton. Research compiled historical evidence and identified current barriers to housing access and resulted in the development of an action plan for MAOA to pursue better housing outcomes for local Aboriginal people.
MAOA - The Project Begins
In early 2010, MAOA member organisations identified the need for evidence-based information to underpin action in addressing key areas of concern to Aboriginal people. Elsewhere, they had observed the role of well-conducted research evidence in convincingly demonstrating need, lobbying for resources and achieving goals. MAOA discussed possibilities with WACRH staff for replicating this in the Midwest.
Concurrently, the (then) City of Geraldton-Greenough was launching its ‘2029 and Beyond’ future city planning project, which included community participatory decision-making through ‘World Café’ forums in which residents could contribute planning aspirations.
A WACRH staff member facilitated several World Cafés with Aboriginal groups and presented their resulting proposals to the City and to MAOA for consideration. From these, MAOA identified a shortlist of five priority areas for action in early 2011.
These, and the research evidence needs cited above, led to the formalisation of a MAOA-WACRH partnership now known as the MAOA Project, with CGG later becoming a research partner. WACRH, CGG and the Indigenous Coordination Centre (FAHCSIA) have provided early support and seed funding, with the WA Department of Indigenous Affairs providing secretariat support.
Research Team: Dr Fiona Nichols, Associate Professor Sarah Prout, Charmaine Green