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Our Vision is "That Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation is recognised as a progressive leader for positive change enabling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria's Far South West to lead fuller lives". 

Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation (Winda-Mara) is a community controlled organisation located in South West Victoria with offices in Heywood and Hamilton and an 65km service area.


Winda-Mara was established in 1991 as a result of members within the community wanting to provide better health, education and employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the area and have a strong membership base. 

With over 75 people employed at Winda-Mara - with 61% Aboriginal staff, our key focus is to provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families to access and participate in culturally appropriate services and community activities.

Winda-Mara has provided services to the local Aboriginal community for over 30 years.


Our work will be guided by the following values and behaviours:

Social Justice

Providing justice, equity, social equality and human rights.



Acting and practicing in a cultural, ethical, respectful and inclusive manner.



Building, strengthening and empowering individual and community decision making.



Responding in a timely, engaging, respectful and culturally appropriate manner.


Creating better client outcomes through strong partnerships.



Responsible monitoring and reporting systems ensuring transparent and accountable service delivery.



Effective ‘results orientated’ services meeting the needs of the community.



Respect for those clients, work colleagues, community members and others that we meet and work with each day.


Winda-Mara's Board of Directors are elected by the local Aboriginal community members and is subject to the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island) Act 2006.

The Board is responsible for the strategic direction, control and responsibility for the management of the affairs of Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation (WMAC) in conjunction with the WMAC Rule Book and policies and procedures.


​2024 Winda-Mara Board of Directors

Michael Bell (Chairperson)

Troy Lovett

Braydon Saunders

Staycee Charles

Jasmin Wright

Aaron Bamblett

Judy McDonald


Our Plan builds on previous success and past and current works of our community, ensuring the organisation’s ongoing contribution and responsiveness to the needs and expectations of community sets direction in response to changing environments.  As part of developing the plan, community and organisational consultations took place in both Heywood and Hamilton with the purpose of seeking feedback on Winda-Mara’s priorities for 2019 – 2022.

To view Winda-Mara's Strategic Plan, click below:

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