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.


Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative to open Indigenous art gallery in Mair Street

ELEVEN-year-old Morgan Pike is already feeling excited about learning and developing her art from fellow First Nations artists across Ballarat.

A new project will create a dedicated space for Indigenous artists to sell and show their work in Mair Street.

"I just like having fun [with art] and the opportunity to share my art and show everyone. At my school, I try and help people in art," Morgan said.

"I would love to see other artists' work for inspiration."

Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative will create an Aboriginal community art gallery amid a Mair Street revival in the city's expanding foodie and arts precinct. The project this month received a $200,000 state government grand to bring the space to life.

Emerging Indigenous artist Alexandra Allemand, a Yorta Yorta and Warlpiri, said Ballarat's diverse Indigenous community meant there were so many different stories, different languages and different styles of art to share.

Ms Allemand said the space would help to promote younger female artists, like herself, whose bright work was often overwhelmed by male dominated art.

BADAC chief executive officer Karen Heap said it was an important outlet for the region's Indigenous artists to be in business for themselves, to share genuine Aboriginal art and promote cultural tourism.

"Art is a connection to, and expression of, Aboriginal culture," Ms Heap said. "Art is a way the whole community can connect to Aboriginal stories and our ways of seeing the world, in all its richness and variety."

You can read the full story from The Courier's Melanie Whelan at:


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An inspired Morgan Pike, aged 11 with artists Shu Brown, Alex Allemand, BADAC chief executive officer Karen Heap and BADAC chief operating officer Jon Kanoa in what will become the new arts space. Picture by Lachlan Bence

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