The group formed due to the need of child care for Aboriginal parents. An Aboriginal health worker identified the need and non-Indigenous nurse who, during home visits saw that Aboriginal grandparents were caring for eight to ten grandchildren, as their parents were attending Thornlie T.A.F.E. Moorditch Gurlongga Association (MGA) became incorporated in November 1985. The first service provided to the Aboriginal community was MGA trading as Coolabaroo Neighbourhood Centre.
Within a year Coolabaroo Neighbourhood Centre then became funded under Multi-functional Aboriginal Children’s Service (MAC’S). With the purpose of the centre becoming multifunctional with children services, many programs were established.
Coolabaroo currently has over 35 staff and volunteers. We strive to have 70% Aboriginal staff, with knowledge of Aboriginal culture and Noongar language. Utilising these skills we incorporate Noongar language and teach the Koolangka (children) much of Aboriginal culture.