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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 recognises its duty of care and continues to maintain an appropriate level of staff at all times to ensure the safety of all participants and staff. This will ensure the best outcomes for the participants.

This means that the Centre is staffed 24/7. The Executive Officer lives on site and in his absence another senior member of staff will be on duty/on call. Rostering of staff at the Centre will ensure there is adequate supervision of the boys at all times.


Tirkandi Inaburra has the following highly qualified and committed staff:

>. Executive Officer
>. Assistant Manager
>. Service Manager
>. Case Manager
>. Community Care Coordinator
>. Permanent/Casual Youth Worker
>. Maintenance & Cleaning staff


Tirkandi Inaburra teaching staff:

>. Head Teacher
>. 2 x Teachers
>. 2 x Teacher assistants


The teaching staff is employed by the Department of Education and Communities; they deliver individual education packages to the participants in a school environment, on site, five days a week.