Art by Sharon Smith

Welcome to Booroongen Djugun Limited

Our History

Booroongen Djugun Limited (BDL).

It was 1988 when Gary Morris and Val March first crossed paths. Newly arrived in Kempsey, Val was volunteering at the local youth centre where Gary was working.

By June 1988, Val was manager of Home Care NSW, but was concerned the organisation was not meeting the needs of Aboriginal members of the community.  Val approached Gary for assistance. Thus began a working relationship that has endured for the past 20 years and enabled the establishment of Booroongen Djugun Limited.

In 1989 Gary Morris and Val March, along with other health and welfare workers, called a public meeting to discuss the development of an Aboriginal Aged Care Facility.

The idea for the design of the aged care facility came from the views and opinions held by the Elders.  For the Elders, the totems of fire, water, earth, and sun were seen as having strong ties to traditional life.  To meet their needs, extensive consultation has taken place at a grass roots level.  This has allowed an aged care facility to be developed that reflects the spiritual feelings connected with the traditions and customs of Aboriginal people.

Val March OAM and Gary Morris OAM with “Official Opening” stone

BDL opened its business operations in June 1991. The first of its community-based services commenced in 1992. The College conducted its first community outreach training in 1994, and in 1997 the Corporation welcomed the Aboriginal community and Kempsey community to the official opening of BDL’s aged care facility.

Booroongen Djugun Limited acknowledges the Traditional Owners, the Dunghutti Nation, on whose land we meet, share, live and work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and extend our respect to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples from all Nations of this land.

WARNING: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or text.