Langford Aboriginal Association Incorporated, referred to as ‘LAA’, was established in 2000 after a group of Aboriginal families became aware of the lack of services available to the Aboriginal community.
LAA was incorporated on 8 November 2000 under the Associations Incorporation Act 1987 (registration number A1009353D) and was initially based at Boogurlarri Community House (now known as William Langford Community House) in Langford. LAA moved to its existing premises at 15 Imber Place, Langford 6147 in 2005 through sharing premises with Brookman Primary School’s Noongar kindergarten. On the departure of the kindergarten in 2006 LAA entered into a lease agreement with the City of Gosnells.
LAA began its service delivery with funding through a State adult community education grant which was used to start a women’s group. After the success of this group, LAA has continued to expand. Over the last 14 years, LAA has delivered a number of diverse programs and services such as: financial literacy; beginners computer training; youth diversion; Elders, women and men’s groups; language and cultural connection programs; early years and parenting support; emotional wellbeing (grief counselling, personal counselling, fundraising for funerals); confirmation of Aboriginality; a venue to hold a wake; art and craft activities, and, cultural and social events such as NAIDOC week activities, a local community Christmas party and a highly successful fashion show.
Program and service delivery is established through existing research evidence or, a need which is identified by the community. A range of community based programs are delivered each term.
LAA operates as a not-for-profit organisation and governed by a Management Committee made up of Aboriginal people.
The Management Committee members come from a range of community and professional backgrounds including: local community, early childhood, community and social services, research, education, mental health, training, governance, finance and resources sector.
LAA leases current premises at 15 Imber Place, Langford from the City of Gosnells on rolling five year agreements.
The premises consist of separate Administration and Program areas. The Administration area has both enclosed and open plan office space, a reception and lobby area. The open plan office can accommodate up to seven staff There is a separate leasable office space with own access and waiting area, staff kitchen facilities, toilet facilities and storage space.
The Program area is a large combined program / meeting room with a smart-board, toilet facilities for both adults and small children, and a lounge area with outside access. There is also a large commercial kitchen for hire.
The grounds include a beautiful and relaxing garden (incorporating bush food plants, a community vegetable garden, a pond, a fire pit and seating with plenty of trees providing shade along with spacious open areas around the building itself.
LAA was awarded the following for their successes:
- Adult Learners Week – Outstanding Group of Learners – Langford Women’s Group (2004)
- NAIDOC Perth Not for Profit Organisation of the Year (2007)
- Runner Up NAIDOC Perth Not for Profit Organisations of the Year (2010)
- Chairperson was inducted into the Inaugural WA International Women’s Hall of Fame (2011)
- Chairperson received NAIDOC Perth Award – Community Person of the Year (2013)