Lower River Murray, Lakes and Coorong
The Lower River Murray region is home to the Ngarrindjeri nation. 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.
The region is home to 1800 Indigenous people, predominantly Ngarrindjeri with a median age of 24 years.
According to the 2016 ABS Census:
- Mannum is located 84 kilometres east of Adelaide, with an Indigenous Australians population of approximately 131 , making up 3.3% of the population
- Murray Bridge is located 76 kilometres east south-east from Adelaide, with an Indigenous population of 876 and a median age of 23 years
- Victor Harbor is located 80 kilometres in Adelaide, with an Indigenous population of 189 and a median age of 21 years
- Raukkan is located two hours south-east from Adelaide, with an Indigenous population of 106 and a median age of 23 years.
- Goolwa is located 82 kilometres from South Adelaide, with an Indigenous population of 182 and a median age of 25, in comparison to the median age of 65 for non-Indigenous Australians.
- Cape Jervis is located south of Adelaide, on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The Cape Jervis Indigenous people is 316, making up 1.2% of the community’s 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.