During 2013, members of the justice reinvestment campaign, the Bourke Aboriginal Community Working Party and the Australian Human Rights Commission worked together to develop a proposal for implementing justice reinvestment in Bourke.
In late 2013, this proposal was distributed to philanthropic, corporate and government sectors, many of whom have since come on board and who in March 2014 injected substantial funding and in-kind support to kickstart justice reinvestment in Bourke.
With funds in hand, we pulled together an amazing team to begin developing the Bourke Justice Reinvestment Project Team.
Over the next two years in Bourke, Just Reinvest NSW and the team will develop a watertight case to demonstrate that justice reinvestment offers a real solution to Australian communities seeking to tackle problems around offending and incarceration, while at the same time creating alternate pathways for young people.
The Bourke Justice Reinvestment Project forms part of a broader community strategy known as Maranguka, which was developed by the Bourke Aboriginal Community Working Party (BAWCP). It is a grassroots vision for true empowerment of the Aboriginal community that involves establishing community-led, multi-disciplinary teams working in partnership with relevant government and non-government agencies and organisations.
Several Community led meetings have occurred over the last 18 months which were well attended by representatives from Federal Prime Minister and Cabinet, NSW Premier and Cabinet, Departmental heads and senior managers, and peak Government and non-government organisations who have all committed to supporting and participating actively in Maranguka.