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The Mid North Coast region of NSW stretches from Hawkes Nest at the northern edge of the Worimi Nation, up the coast to Coffs Harbour in the Gumbaynggirr Nation, with the Biripi and Dunghutti Nations in between. The Saltwater Freshwater Alliance aims to celebrate and share our Aboriginal living culture on the Mid North Coast as unique from other more high profile areas in Australia.

As the name implies, the region is dominated by the great eastward flowing rivers including the Clarence, Bellinger, Nambucca, Macleay, Hastings and the Manning. For millennia, prior to colonisation, the Aboriginal people of the region thrived on the bounty of the forests, rivers and the coast. Denied access to much of their traditional lands, rivers and sea for most of the past two centuries, Aboriginal people have adapted to their circumstances as best they can, but there are serious social and economic disadvantages to be overcome. Currently, there are 14,000 Aboriginal people living in the region and it is one of the nation’s most culturally rich areas.

The region is represented by eleven Local Aboriginal Land Councils including Karuah, Forster, Purfleet Taree, Birpai (Port Macquarie), Bunyah (Wauchope), Kempsey, Thungutti (Bellbrook), Unkya (Macksville), Nambucca Heads, Bowraville and Coffs Harbour.

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