Strategic plan 06-09
Vision & Objectives
Aboriginal Corporation for Sporting and Recreational Activities (ACSRA) is a community based organisation based in Narrabundah and situated in Goyder Street commonly known as Boomanulla Oval.Incorporation of ACSRA occurred in 1984 then known as Narrabundah Oval, built around 40 years ago.
ACSRA is governed by a committee of nine members including Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary/Public Officer, Treasurer.
ACSRA has a membership of around 1000 and some 250 sports participants including volunteers.Boomanulla is named after Mervyn “Boomanulla” Williams a prominent Aboriginal sportsman, which in Aboriginal language means speed and lightning, also the founding member of the Redfern Aboriginal Rugby League.ACSRA received a grant from the ACT government in 1995 to construct amenities building now known as the Noel “Bomber” Ingram complex. That was completed and launched in 1996, that provides a range of sports and recreational activities to the ACT community.
ACSRA aims to achieve a sporting and recreational activity centre for the development of junior, youth and adult sports, by providing access to and satisfies the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in achieving these endeavours.
ACSRA strives to ensure a resourced facility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to achieve equitable status as those provided to mainstream sporting and recreational organisations including those for talented athletes.
The charter of the organisation is to encourage, foster, develop and assist in the participation and establishment of Aboriginal people in all levels and codes of sport on a local, regional, state and national level.
ACSRA has several teams in various competitions such as: Rugby League Senior and Junior, Cricket, Basketball, Little Athletics, Softball, Men’s Women’s and mixed touch football teams.
The complex building was erected in 1996 and demountable facilitates conferences, workshops and seminars including onsite catering and silk screen printing. Facilities are patronised by government departments and services as well as the private sector.
ACSRA is the trustee organisation for disbursement of Sports Grant funding to assist Indigenous sporting organisations and individuals in the region achieve their goals and aspirations.
Catering for functions includes traditional bush tucker, purchasing of genuine artefacts, sports clothing and memorabilia from our community store. The facility and oval are also available to social clubs for social fun days including cricket, family days and private functions, a marquee is available for large outdoor functions that facilitates up to 200 people. The complex has a kiosk, dressing/change rooms, kitchen, toilets, ice machine, grand stand with top deck viewing of activities and games.
CSRA has facilitated on site training programs for various government organisations, creating a cultural environment conducive to achieving desired outcomes.
Cross cultural awareness programs are run on a regular basis through the conference facility. Hosting of school excursions, bush tucker days for students across the state and nationally.
There are some 28 sports teams that utilise Boomanulla Oval for various sports codes, 17 of these are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teams.
ASCRA also supports individuals in various codes of sport including those of low profile or minority sports codes.
ACSRA is currently endeavouring to develop a Business Plan to set future direction. Long term sustainability both for the organisation and the Indigenous Sports Program are the priority. To ensure the organisation and facility is administered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people well into the future