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The Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative will be the strongest voice and presence in the Ballarat District, supporting and respecting our people, enhancing our community, growing our culture and honouring our heritage


The Ballarat And District Aboriginal Co-operative

The Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC) was established by members of the Ballarat and district Aboriginal community in 1979. It became a co-operative to deliver health, social, welfare and community development programs to local Aboriginal people.

Since 1979, the organisation has grown considerably and now delivers a wide range of services, underpinned by its adaption of the Social Inclusion principles.


BADAC is the Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisation (ACCHO) for the Ballarat and district area, covering 4 local government areas (LGAs). Our services are open to all members of the public, with priority given to our members.


BADAC is focused on prevention and early intervention, always with a client-centred approach, to ensure that our clients are personally engaging in the development and nurturing of their own futures.


'Everyone gets a gift, everyone gets fed': Christmas spirit revs up for 2023 Toy Run

Ballarat Bike Night has partnered with the Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative for the 2023 Toy Run, which will start on Saturday at the carpark on Davis Street and Scott Parade and end at BADAC on Armstrong Street.

Organiser Casey Bandy said the event pulled in motorbike riders from across the state, all together for a fun time and the satisfaction of supporting an important cause.

"Last year we had people from as far away as Shepparton, Bairnsdale, Warrnambool, Horsham," he said.

"Being that the Ballarat toy run has predominantly been a smaller toy run that goes from Buninyong to Ballarat, having the big rides, the bike riders themselves love it.

"We are out for about three hours on the bikes. They love getting out, opening them up, getting a bit of wind on the face and some bugs in the teeth."

The toys will be distributed through BADAC, who will host a Christmas family fun day on December 15.

BADAC Koori Youth officer Nikki Bell said support for the event would help the Aboriginal cooperative better serve the Ballarat community.

"We put on a massive event, heaps of toys. Each person will get a toy that comes down," Ms Bell said.

BADAC culture and public relations executive Shu Brown said he had been blown-away by the amount of support the Toy Run had received already this year from the Ballarat community.

"For the community, and everyone, it is a hard time, with costs and rates going up. We see that in our community, and we do everything we can to support our community. To see kids be able to get a present this year is so amazing," Mr Brown said.

You can view the full story by The Courier's Alex Dalziel at:

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Daen Haby, Shu Brown, Aaron Clarke, Casey Bandy, Nikki Bell pose under the Christmas tree for the 2023 Ballarat Toy Run. Picture by Lachlan Bence

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