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North Coast Aboriginal Development Alliance
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On behalf of the North Coast Aboriginal Development Alliance (NCADA), I wish to highlight in this submission that a forum for communication to the regions within the state of NSW already exist in the form of the Local Decision Making framework, established under the OCHRE program. This allows for direct consultation by the state government to the local regional Alliances on service delivery issues.
Our NCADA focus has been on advocating on behalf of communities where clear improvements can be made in regards to the relationships between community / families and the services provided by government at both the public sector and non-government levels.
Any efforts for a co-design model approach by the Commonwealth must include initial discussion and review with the Regional Alliances as they have been established for a number of years and have strong links to their local communities.
Any introduced framework by the Commonwealth would only be a duplication of the current framework.
The proposed Indigenous Voice and LDM Alliances are complimentary (in principle) but would become disruptive and divisive in reality, if they are two separate concepts that then fight over government time, space and resources. Regardless of the level of government, including local government.
The Indigenous Voice concept will work but it must be complimentary to the existing frameworks and locally recognised efforts to work collaboratively with government bodies at the already existing state level. The only change in the current LDM rollout would be the addition of contact and advocacy with commonwealth level agencies and their staff.
NCADA has already establish very strong relationships across the state and commonwealth sectors within the north coast (NSW) with our Indigenous programs portfolios staff.