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“Boys to Men: Learning to Live Their Dream”


Tirkandi Inaburra Cultural and Development Centre is an Aboriginal community run centre offering Aboriginal
boys aged 12-15 a culturally-based residential program aimed at reducing future contact with the criminal justice system by strengthening the boys’ cultural identity, self-esteem and resilience.

The centre houses 14 boys at a time and the boys stay at the Centre on a voluntary basis for 3-6 months. Whilst at the Centre the boys engage in educational, sport, recreational, life, living skills and cultural activities which have all been designed to incrementally develop each participant’s skills and abilities. Schooling is provided on site by the NSW DEC. The Centre is located on a 780 hectares rural property between the townships of Coleambally and Darlington Point in the Riverina district of south-west NSW.

The name “Tirkandi Inaburra” means “to learn to dream” in the Wiradjuri language. Tirkandi Inaburra delivers a culturally based residential program aimed at strengthening cultural identity and resilience and empowering its young participants to reach their full potential in life.

Boys who live in communities located between the Lachlan and the Murray and between Balranald and the western side of the Blue Mountains are eligible to apply to come to the Centre.

The NSW government provides funding for the centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tirkandi Inaburra is a purpose built facility, which was designed in consultation with Aboriginal boys. It is located on a 780 hectare property.

The Centre includes two residences to house the boys, a learning centre and administration area. The residences have seven bedrooms in each, bathrooms, a kitchen, lounge and recreational area and a youth worker’s room.

On the property we have a manager’s cottage, two family stay units, two student accommodation units and farm buildings.

The Centre also has a swimming pool, half basket ball court, fully equipped indoor gym, grassed playing fields, adventure training course, climbing wall, BBQ area and an art room.