Central Coast

Local Leadership

Jawun works closely with local Indigenous leader Sean Gordon and the Barang Central Coast Aboriginal Regional Partnership, an alliance of several Indigenous organisations, to help guide and prioritise the allocation of secondees into the region.

  • Barang Central Coast Aboriginal Regional Partnership

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    Barang Central Coast Aboriginal Regional Partnership (known as ‘Barang’) was formed in September 2014 when several Indigenous organisations (Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, Bara Barang, Bungree Aboriginal Association, NAISDA, The Glen and Mingaletta) joined together to form an alliance.

    The aim of Barang is to present one unified voice to government and other key stakeholders for the Central Coast Indigenous community. Each of the organisations that make up Barang is committed to developing and executing key initiatives that will improve the lives of Aboriginal people on the Central Coast.

    Barang now plays a crucial role in helping to set priorities and guide Jawun’s engagement in the area.

  • Sean Gordon

    CEO, Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council

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    Sean Gordon is a Barkindji/Wangamara man, and grew up at Brewarrina, western NSW.

    Sean commenced his position as CEO with Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) in October 2008, and has been responsible for returning Darkinjung from a period of enforced administration to having a positive financial position and operating cash balance.

    Sean is currently developing innovative ‘home ownership’ models for the local community. The ‘rent to buy’ and ‘ready to buy’ models see a potential home owner building equity and saving a cash deposit as they rent community housing.

    Sean is also Chair of the Barang Central Coast Aboriginal Regional Partnership, which is made up of six Aboriginal organisations in the region. Sean is also the Convenor of the National Empowered Communities Leadership Group and a member of the NSW Local Decision Making Consortia.

    Sean has completed an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery, and is a licensed builder and a qualified teacher in adult education.

    Sean’s employment background covers a diverse range of industries; however during the past 10 years he has been heavily involved in Aboriginal economic development.