What is Maranguka?
Maranguka is a model of Indigenous self-governance guided by the Bourke Tribal Council. Maranguka partnered with Just Reinvest NSW in 2013 to develop a ‘proof of concept’ for justice reinvestment in Bourke. By addressing the underlying causes of crime, savings on criminal justice costs are reinvested in strategies that strengthen communities and prevent crime.
The first stage of Maranguka Justice Reinvestment focused on building trust between community and service providers, data collection, identifying community priorities and ‘circuit breakers’. During the next phase, a shared vision, goals and measurement system were developed as part of the community’s strategy: Growing our Kids Up Safe, Smart and Strong.