The Central Coast region of New South Wales is the home of the Darkinyung people and a region rich in cultural heritage with over 7,000 registered Aboriginal sites of cultural significance.
The Central Coast region is bounded by the Hawkesbury River in the south, the Watagan Mountains in the west and the southern end of Lake Macquarie in the north and is aligned to the boundaries of the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council. The region is a network of towns that have been linked in recent years by expanding suburban development. The Indigenous community on the Central Coast have come together to drive changes and deliver services under a collaborative regional governance structure.
The region boasts a diverse Aboriginal community, a fast growing youth cohort, strong economic base and a growing connection to cultural heritage, amidst a changing landscape driven by regional population growth and expanding urban development.
According to the 2016 ABS Census:
- 327, 739 people live on the Central Coast, of which 12,487 (4%) identified as Indigenous
- 80% of Indigenous 20–24 year olds complete Year 12 or equivalent compared to 87% for the non-Indigenous population
- 50% of the Indigenous workforce-age population are employed full time compared to 56% for the non-Indigenous population