During the 1980s, there was much discussion about developing a peak Indigenous body to promote and develop sport and recreation throughout Indigenous communities within Australia.

In 1991, meetings were held which led to the design of Garnduwa’s name and logo and the establishment of a company Constitution. With the support of the Ministry of Sport and Recreation (now the Department of Sport and Recreation) Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan Aboriginal Corporation was born.

The name ‘Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan’ was derived from the three language groups (at the time, represented the ATSIC regions across the Kimberley): Kullari, Malarabah, and Wirnan. The name means ‘big mob of people getting together to do something’.


Our logo depicts a salt-water turtle (symbolising the salt water people of the coast) and a fresh water crocodile (symbolic of the fresh water people from inland). The red, black and yellow used on the logo represent the colours of the Aboriginal flag.


We also promote healthier lifestyles through participation in meaningful sport and recreation activities under the ‘Smarter than Smoking’ logo.

You can read more about our history, our Founding Members and our Past Chairs [[here]].