About Us

Known as the people of the three rivers, Wiradjuri people have inhabited modern-day New South Wales, Australia for at least 60,000 years. At the time of European colonization, there were an estimated 3,000 Wiradjuri living in the region, representing the largest cultural footprint in the state. Our country extends from the Great Dividing Range in the east, and is bordered by the Macquarie, Lachlan and Murrumbidgee rivers. The Wiradjuri nation is the largest cultural footprint in NSW and second largest geographically in Australia.

The Wiradjuri people were a huntergatherer society, made up of small clans or family groups whose movements followed seasonal food gathering and ritual patterns.

Today, major Wiradjuri populations can be found in rural and remote and throughout larger regional areas such as Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Lithgow and down to Wagga Wagga in the south.

Condobolin is the home of the Kalarie people, lower Lachlan region, and is considered by other Wiradjuri communities to be the heart beat of the Wiradjuri nation.

In 2003 as the result of a Native Title Agreement between Barrick Gold of Australia and the Wiradjuri Native Title Party. The Agreement, known as the Ancillary Deed MLA 45, between Barrick Gold and the Wiradjuri Native Title Party came out of negotiations under the Native Title Act, concerning the granting of a mining lease at Lake Cowal to Barrick Gold. The agreement predominantly benefits the Wiradjuri Condobolin people.

The corporation is made up of a Board of five members with a staff consisting of a CEO and both full time and part time office administration staff. It has approximately 400 paid-up members, and employs about 40 local Wiradjuri people.

The WCC has generated employment for it’s members, education and training pro-grams and business opportunities, including community service programs, in partnership with various private, public and community enterprises and agencies. These programs and opportunities are available not only for regional Aboriginal people, but also for members of the wider community.

The WCC is very concerned with safeguarding the region’s significant Indigenous cultural heritage during and after mining operations. To ensure this, the Wiradjuri Condobolin Culture and Heritage Company (WCCHC) has been set up with this responsibility; a subsidiary company owned and controlled by the WCC.

Further, Barrick Gold and the WCC have entered into a Cultural Heritage Management Plan. This governs the management of Wiradjuri Condobolin Cultural Places, both in the Project Mine Area and over Wiradjuri Condobolin Country as a whole.

The WCC has always recognised the need for wealth creation through sustainable business as an important contribution to self determination for the Condobolin Aboriginal community.

A Business Hub concept grew out of the importance of establishing a range of businesses to underpin the resilience of the community in the face of the potential vulnerability of living in a remote rural community. This is particularly relevant as rural towns such as Condobolin face especially complex challenges in a globalised, technology influenced world, where governments are withdrawing services and where climate change is developing as a negative factor. A positive factor however for this region, is the planned development of the mining sector.

The Business Hub is a centre which aims to maximise personal and business synergies for local Aboriginal people and for the WCC, as a vehicle to minimise business costs and provide the supportive and learning environment which is conducive to fostering the necessary skills to achieve successful enterprises. Our current and proposed businesses are cleaning, composting, compressed bricks, design, eco-housing, furniture, postal services and transport and freight.

The strategy is for local aboriginal people to benefit by: Fostering a culture of effective, sustainable and culturally appropriate businesses supporting and managing profitable and sustainable businesses maximizing synergies and efficiencies across the WCC businesses providing employment for Aboriginal people in Aboriginal run businesses implementing a youth leadership program as a basis to a succession policy providing economic and social support for the wider local Aboriginal community.

Furniture Shop

The  WCC  began  to  produce  pieces  of  furniture  made  from  local  pine  in  2007.  The program  was  designed  to  be  part  of  a  training  course,  to  prepare  the  participants  for the  construction  of  the  WSC.  The  wood  working  and  cabinet  making  aspects  of  the course,  turned  out  to  be  very  popular  among  participants  and  a  number  of  furniture  items  were  made.  The  items  were  outstanding  quality  and  were  offered  for  sale  at  80  Bathurst  Street  under  the  business  name,  Affordable  Furniture.  The  result  of  these  actions  was  that  there  was  a  significant  interest  shown  by  local  people  and  sales  made  of  the  items  on  display.

Currently  the  nature  of  this  business  has  changed  in  as  much  that  the  WCC  still control  the  operations  of  the  business,  and  it  is  still  housed  at  80  Bathurst  Street  in  the  original  WCC  headquarters,  but  with  a  different  focus.  The  business  employs  WCC  staff  to  manage  the  “shop”  in  terms  of;  identifying  products  to  place  on  the  shop  floor,  organising  freight  of  those  products  to  Condobolin,  preparing  the  products  for  presentation  to  the  public,  managing  the  stock  inventory  and  associated  accounting  records,  then  overseeing  the  sale  of  the  product.

A  feature  of  this  set-up  has  been  the  introduction  of  an  easy-buy  facility  called “SMARTrent”.  Essentially  this  facility  is  open  to  any  one,  and  allows  potential  customers  the  opportunity  to  obtain  furniture  to  the  value  of  $2000.00.  Customers  have  the  option  of  repayments  being  debited  directly  from  their  bank  account  or  from  Centrelink  through  centrepay,  which  is  an  easy  way  for  them  to  pay  their  accounts.  The  business  has  been  very  competitive  in  the  District,  and  all  proceeds  are  funnelled  back  to  the  WCC  for  the  eventual  benefit  of  the  local  community,  in  line  with  the  original  intent  of  the  organization’s  charter.

Employs 40 local people
Maximising synergies

Wiradjuri Condobolin Corporation