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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 a single school term. 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 Department of Education. 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.









The Tirkandi Inaburra Cultural and Development Centre Inc, is a regionally based Aboriginal community organisation. It is incorporated under the NSW Associations and Incorporations Act and is a not-for-profit organisation.

The Management Committee of Tirkandi Inaburra is responsible for the proper management of the affairs of the Association and to oversee the Centre’s operations.

The role of the Management Committee ensures appropriate levels of accountability and expertise, develop strong partnerships between government and the Aboriginal community, and to provide direction to the Centre Manager in managing the Centre’s operations.

The Management Committee consists of up to eight voting members, seven of whom are representatives of Tirkandi Inaburra Inc. In addition to the representatives of Tirkandi Inaburra Inc, the Department of Education is represented on the Board. The President of Tirkandi Inaburra chairs the Management Committee.

The Centre Manager of Tirkandi Inaburra is an ex officio member of the Management Committee.

Chair of the Board: Patricia Ceminara
Vice Chair: Paul Mumbler
Member: Ron Lawler