Who we are -> Ngarang-Wal/Kombumerri
Ngarang-Wal Gold Coast Aboriginal Association Incorporated
Ngarang-Wal Gold Coast Aboriginal Association Incorporated (G.C.A.A Inc.) is registered with the Queensland Government and Office of Fair Trading as an Incorporated Association that complies with the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 and the Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999. We are a not-for-profit association with a governing Board of Directors.
Our association comprises of Kombumerri descendants, the Traditional Owners of the Gold Coast area. Our claim to this area extends north to the Coomera River, South to the Tweed River and west to the Hinterlands. We have a unique dialect and recognise our language as the Bundjalung-Yugambir group.
Ngarang-Wal G.C.A.A Inc. has representatives from 5 of the 6 family groups, these family groups come from a long line of the Kombumerri people of the Gold Coast area. We all stem from our apical ancestor Warri, her ancestors still occupy this area and keep our cultural traditions alive through Cultural Heritage activities offered by Ngarang-Wal G.C.A.A Inc. Our families have carried out Cultural Heritage on this land for many years and Ngarang-Wal G.C.A.A Inc. has been involved for over 50 years in Aboriginal affairs around the Gold Coast.
The name Ngarang-Wal means ‘Nerang River’ and we choose this title as our people were close to the river, they sourced food from it and used as a transport passage to the salt water. We are known as the ‘Saltwater people’ too, there is enormous & significant evidence of Kombumerri occupation on the banks of the Broadwater and many other places here on the Gold Coast.
One of our biggest assets that we manage for the Ngarang-Wal/Kombumerri people is our Indigenous Protected Area at Guanaba. With this beautiful land we are able to facilitate Caring for our Country through funding from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Click here for more information on the Guanaba IPA.