What does it look like when community leads change?
Maranguka and Just Reinvest NSW partnered in 2012 to develop a Justice Reinvestment ‘proof of concept’ in Bourke to reduce the number of young people in the criminal justice system. Justice Reinvestment is a data-driven approach to improve public safety and reduce criminal justice spending. By addressing the underlying causes of crime, savings are reinvested in strategies that strengthen communities and prevent crime.
The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project adopts a collective impact framework that changes the way government, NGOs and community members provide services to the community. Working groups bring everyone together to deliver the community-developed strategy to grow Bourke’s kids up safe, smart and strong. Maranguka is directed and guided by the aspirations and wishes of the Bourke Tribal Council who advocate on behalf of the Bourke Aboriginal community so that Aboriginal people are making decisions about their own families and children.
Through a backbone team Maranguka complements existing services, providing better pathways and facilitated assistance for the community.