Jawun began working with the Indigenous community in Redfern in 2010, and in 2012 broadened its boundaries to include La Perouse.
One of the most well-known Aboriginal meeting places in Australia, Redfern is a hub for many strong Indigenous organisations, businesses and institutions, all with a common goal to revitalise the area. Located in urban Sydney, it is ideally situated to receive support from corporate Australia and bring about positive change for the community.
La Perouse (known as ‘La Pa’ to locals) is located in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs 14 kilometres from Redfern. La Perouse, home to the Bidjigal people, was the first point of contact for European settlers at Botany Bay. The main challenges for La Perouse are location, with limited public transport to the area, and a lack of key community services. The community refers to it as ‘urban remoteness’. La Perouse is also a place of untapped possibilities with tourism and business opportunities waiting to be developed and resourced.
According to the 2011 ABS Census:
- 169,482 people live in the City of Sydney Local Government Area, of which 2,179 (1%) identified as Indigenous
- The median age of Indigenous people is 30 years compared to 32 years for the non-Indigenous population
- 58% of Indigenous 20–24 year olds complete Year 12 or equivalent compared to 91% for the non-Indigenous population
- 45% of the Indigenous workforce-age population are employed compared to 75% for the non-Indigenous population