ACHO Capacity Building Project – MRAC Visit

In November our collaborative project to build the capacity of four WA-based Aboriginal Community Housing Organisations (ACHO’s) was in Geraldton to meet with representatives from Murchison Region Aboriginal Corporation (MRAC).

MRAC provides quality, affordable rental homes to Aboriginal people across the Mid West and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia. They are the only ACHO focusing solely on housing, providing social and affordable housing to Aboriginal people and their families. Currently, MRAC manages more than 118 rental properties and is self-funded relying on the income it generates from rent revenue to manage and grow its housing business.

Shelter WA was awarded a COVID-19 Grant by Lotterywest to deliver the project and work alongside CEO’s from from MRAC, Noongar Mia Mia, Southern Aboriginal Corporation, and the Goldfields Indigenous Housing Organisation.

Shelter WA’s ACHO Capacity Building Project Manager, Paula O’Leary said the visits were crucial to understanding the capacity gaps of the ACHO sector in WA and with the individual four organisations, and the strengths of each organisation that can be shared and built on during this project.

“In the case of MRAC it is fantastic to see the amazing work Mary Marshall as the CEO and the Board have done over the past few years in particular in strengthening their governance and probity,” Paula said.

MRAC’s Board of Directors recently completed updated governance training with a focus on their duties and responsibilities as Directors in the context of the CATSI Act 2006.