Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd.

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    Dedicated to advancing the wellbeing of our community
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    Empowering our people to achieve better health and wellbeing
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    A broad range of services and community programs

Our Organisation

 “Dedicated to advancing the wellbeing of our community.”

Awabakal has provided services to indigenous people living in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Hunter Valley regions of New South Wales since 1977.

Our services are delivered and predominately managed by professional Aboriginal staff experienced with and sensitive to the needs of our community. Awabakal is a multifunctional not-for-profit organisation that delivers a broad range services and community programs:



Notice is hereby given that a Special General Meeting of Awabakal Ltd is to be held:

  •          On Tuesday 16th December 2014
  •          Commencing at 6:00pm
  •          At Yamuloong Centre, 71 Prospect Rd, Garden Suburb NSW 2289

Special Business Agenda:

  1. 1.             Removal and Appointment of Auditor

The special business of the special general meeting will be to consider, and if thought fit to pass, the following as special resolution of the Company:

That the current auditor Prosperity Advisers is removed and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to be appointed by the Board of Directors.

Download the Special General Meeting PDF


Don MacAskill has resigned from his position as CEO of our leading Aboriginal health organisation.

Mr MacAskill took up the position with Awabakal just over two years ago and has worked tirelessly to implement a range of initiatives that have driven better service delivery in the primary and preventative health care sector for the region’s Aboriginal community.

During his tenure Mr MacAskill oversaw operational improvements that have prepared Awabakal for incorporation as a company limited by guarantee, including working closely with NSW and Australian Governments to ensure that the 37 year old Newcastle-based organisation was compliant with all funding and legislative requirements.

Among his achievements was the introduction of a number of highly regarded measurable outcome based programs which help improve engagement, education and ultimately aimed at ‘Closing The Gap’. These included the successful introduction of the Queensland based Deadly Choices preventative health care program, and a women’s health care campaign with the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation and he recently oversaw the launch of the L’il Mike ear health campaign.

“While much of the work involved over the past two years has been about compliance and ensuring that Awabakal could stand the test of time, there was a great deal of work in very proactive initiatives that have started to have positive impacts on policy development in Aboriginal Affairs in the NSW and national arenas, which is a reflection of the support, knowledge base and dedication of the Awabakal staff.”

“I am most grateful for the vision and direction of the Awabakal Board and the community, and I leave knowing that the job I was tasked to undertake has been done with enthusiasm,” he said.