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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.


Ballarat Christmas Toy Run supports Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative

The region's residents gave generously at the Ballarat Christmas Toy Run, with thousands of dollars worth of toys donated.

Ballarat Bike Night hosted the event on Saturday which saw about 200 motorcyclists travel across the Ballarat region to collect donated toys.

"To be able to help out BADAC with all the Indigenous families in our community doing it tough, its just amazing. Just amazing," event organiser Casey Bandy said.

"Some of our local families are struggling with the economic pressure. To have such a generous donation from the Ballarat Bike Night is amazing," Ms Clark said.

"This is a blessing for us.""It's all for a good cause. We got quite a number of donations for BADAC...we will be able to see if there is any excess left over and go back to other groups doing it tough."

You can view the full story by The Courier's Erin Williams at:

Alfredton's Dianne Fisher and David Tong in the festive spirit at Saturday's Ballarat Christmas Toy Run, which supports families in need. Picture by Adam Trafford

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