The group formed due to the need of childcare for Indigenous parents. An Indigenous health worker identified the need and non Indigenous nurse who, during home visits saw that Indigenous grandparents were caring for seven to eight grandchildren, as their own were attending Thornlie T.A.F.E. MGA became incorporated in November 1985. The first service provided to the Indigenous community was Moorditch Gurlongga Association Inc. trading as Coolabaroo Neighbourhood Centre.
The centre was opened in April 1986 and was funded through mainstream child-care funding. Within a year Coolabaroo Neighbourhood Centre then became funded under Multi-functional Aboriginal children's Service (MAC'S), With the purpose of the centre becoming multifunctional with children services, many programs were established
Coolabaroo currently has over 25 staff and Volunteers. We strive to have 60 Percent aboriginal staff, with knowledge of Aboriginal culture and Noongar language. Utilizing these skills we incorporate Noongar language and teach the Koolangka (children) much of aboriginal culture.