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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.









Tirkandi Inaburra relies on strong partnerships with Aboriginal communities, government and non-government agencies. Tirkandi receives recurrent funding from the NSW Government Family and Community Services.

The NSW Department of Education is another major partner, providing funding for one head teacher, two teachers and two teaching assistant positions at the Centre through the Coleambally Central School.

We have also forged numerous other strategic relationships that provide us with support from many other government and non-government agencies, including the NSW Department of Lands, TAFE, the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Murrumbidgee Catchment Authority, Mission Australia, the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, Murrumbidgee Shire Council, Essential Energy, Birrang Enterprise Development Company Ltd, Regional Aboriginal Medical Services, Lands Councils, Indigenous Co-ordination Centre, NSW Health and NSW Police.