The TRRA as a collective authentic Aboriginal leadership role is to provide the highest standard of regional governance, through mutual accountability, advocating, supporting and strengthening local communities towards sustainable long-term partnerships. This will be achieved through strengthening the capacity of leaders and community members as a group, in negotiating and setting regional priorities.

The role and responsibilities of the TRRA is to work towards ensuring Aboriginal communities have a real and genuine voice in negotiations/consultations in determining what services are being developed and implemented.

Over recent years, there have been a number of Community Action Plans and Community Land and Business plans completed for the Local Aboriginal Land Councils and Community Working Parties within the TRRA footprint of Bathurst, Dubbo, Gilgandra, Mudgee, Narromine, Nyngan, Orange, Parkes, Peak Hill, Trangie, Warren and Wellington.

This project seeks to pull all information together and from a desktop audit and collate the stated community priorities and create an overarching Regional Priority Plan for the TRRA. The project has included telephone interviews with key stakeholders, along with a workshop of TRRA delegates.

The RPP identifies the top 4 priorities for the TRRA region which include:

• Housing

• Education;

• Retention at school

• VET and Tertiary qualification levels

• Employment/Economic development

• Health


Vision:

The vision of the Three Rivers Regional Assembly (TRRA):

·   To foster and nurture leadership.

·   Be acknowledged, accepted, and known as the voice of the Aboriginal peopless within the TRRA boundary.

·   Enhance Governance and Management to strengthen cultural integrity within local and regional communities.

·   Encourage transparency, consistency and accountability in all decision-making within local and regional communities.

 

Values

The values of the TRRA members are:

·   Mutual respect and understanding – we respect ourselves, we respect others and in all negotiations we will seek to understand and be understood.

·   Advancement through education – we can help ourselves through individuals

·   Cultural sustainability – honouring our past, preserving our artifacts and places; and ensuring intergenerational knowledge transfer.

·   Cultural participation – we will encourage our communities to participate at a local level knowing that the more people we have participating the stronger we will be.

As members, conduct is guided by the following principles and values:

·   Honesty

·   Integrity

·   Accountability to our communities

·   Transparency

·   Selflessness

·   Professionalism

·   Commitment

·   Leadership

·   Confidentiality


The sum of us (Regional Profile)

The Three Rivers Region

The TRRA region extends from Lithgow in the east of NSW through to Nyngan in the west, covering some 72,326.3 square kilometres. It extends across two regions – the Central Tablelands/Central West and also takes in some of what is known as the Orana region.

The TRRA has representatives from the twelve (12) communities of Bathurst, Dubbo, Gilgandra, Mudgee, Narromine, Nyngan, Orange, Parkes, Peak Hill, Trangie, Warren and Wellington. The boundaries incorporate the local government areas (LGA) of these communities which include: Lithgow, Bathurst, Orange, Cabonne, Parkes, Wellington, Midwestern Region (Mudgee), Dubbo, Gilgandra, Narromine, Warren and Bogan Shires. 

Aboriginal Culture and Heritage

The TRRA is the regional Aboriginal governance body and is representing the interest of Aboriginal peoples across the NSW Central West.

The Three Rivers Region member communities cover the traditional lands of a number of Aboriginal clans and language groups, however is predominately located within the North-West of the Wiradjuri nation and also extends into the Weilwan and Wangaibon nations. 

Aboriginal peoples have occupied these lands since before time and maintain a strong connection to Country and culture within the boundaries.

The TRRA asserts the rights of its member Aboriginal communities to seek improved and more efficient service delivery in accordance with cultural protocols of Aboriginal peoples across the region. The TRRA also recognises and respects the cultural authority of Traditional Owner groups within the region and does not make decisions that would impinge on the cultural authority and autonomy of these groups.

TRRA also acknowledges and respects the cultural diversity represented by the varying Aboriginal languages, clans and nations that reside within the TRRA footprint. Aboriginal peoples and communities have a spiritual, social, cultural and economic relationship with Country and/or place. Aboriginal peopless understand their own community needs and have the drive and ability to develop their own solutions in partnership with other.

2011 Census of Population and Housing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Indigenous) Profile (Catalogue number 2002.0). Based on Place of Usual Residence.                 .

 

Economy

At a glance, the region of TRRA could be described as “rich” with the wealth of the region founded on agriculture, mining and retail trade. There are 19,007 businesses across the region, of which 19.25% employ 5 or more people. 

The Gross Regional Product (the value of final goods and services produced in the economy and provides an insight into the size of the economy and the key industries that are creating value in the region. This measure takes account of the cost of input materials and services to present a measure of the value created in an economy by an activity) for the TRRA region is estimated to be $13,71.601M (Source: Orana RDA & Central West RDA).

The Lithgow, Mudgee, Orange, Parkes and Nyngan regions are all home to well-established mines that provide significant local employment and stimulus for investment.

Agriculture has traditionally been the dominant industry in the region and features as the main employer in the LGA’s of Cabonne, Wellington, Narromine, Warren, Bogan and Gilgandra. Agricultural production within the TRRA region is very diversified and includes viticulture, wool, cattle, wheat, beef, lamb and grains.

The TRRA region also has a strong public sector with Health Care and Social Assistance providing a significant percentage of employment in each LGA. Other contributors to GRP and employment in this sector include each Local Government organisation, NSW Department of Trade and Investment; NSW Road and Maritime Services and Corrective Services NSW.

Across the TRRA region, the main industries providing employment are Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (17.2); Health Care and Social Assistance (11.8%) and Retail Trade (9.9%). Education and Training could also be considered a foundation sector, providing just fewer than 9% of employment across the TRRA region.


Population

The TRRA region plays home to some 210,377 people of whom 16,359 identify as Aboriginal peopless, which is 7.78% of the total population in the TRRA region (ABS 2012, Cat No 2002.0).

It is interesting to note that the communities with the highest densities of Aboriginal peopless (as a proportion of the community population) include Wellington (20.03%); Narromine (19.58%); Bogan (14.44%); Warren (13.31%), Dubbo (12.84%) and Gilgandra (12.25%) which are located on the western side of the TRRA region. In terms of absolute numbers, Dubbo is home to largest population cluster (4,984), followed by Orange (2,049), Wellington (1,701) and Bathurst (1,634); with Dubbo holding 32.24% of the total Aboriginal population within the TRRA region.


Download the Three Rivers Regional Assembly Regional Priorities Plan