Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong


The Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong region, home to the Ngarrindjeri nation, stretches across the state of South Australia.

Jawun began operations in the region in July 2015.

The Ngarrindjeri’s traditional areas extend one-hour south-east of Adelaide from Mannum, and downstream through Murray Bridge and Victor Harbor, and along the coast through Goolwa to Cape Jervis, including Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert.

Mannum is located 84 kilometres east of Adelaide. Murray Bridge is located 76 kilometres east south-east from Adelaide. Victor Harbor is located 80 kilometres in Adelaide. Raukkan is located two hours south-east from Adelaide. Goolwa is located 82 kilometres from South Adelaide. Cape Jervis is located south of Adelaide, on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

According to the 2016 ABS Census:

  • 40,419 people live in the Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong region, of which 1,531 (4%) identified as Indigenous
  • 60% of Indigenous 20-24 year olds completed Year 12 schooling or equivalent compared to 69% of the non-Indigenous population
  • 51% of the Indigenous workforce age population are employed full time compared to 39% for the non-Indigenous population

In this region, there is a growing desire among Ngarrindjeri people to create a future centered on caring for country, which incorporates respect for traditions, cultural responsibility and self-determination. Current initiatives are focused on research, land management and developing a sustainable Ngarrindjeri regional economy.