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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.









It is envisaged that Aboriginal boys who graduate from Tirkandi Inaburra will have the necessary tools and skills to:

> . Understand and show respect
> . Become resilient and self-reliant
> . Live a long life and achieve their dreams
> . Be successful in education and employment
> . Actively participate in community and develop as ‘Leaders’
> . Be physically and mentally strong
> . Be proud of their Aboriginal culture and history
> . Have self and cultural identity

Tirkandi Inaburra Cultural and Development Centre is a visionary initiative that for the first time will allow all levels of government, the Aboriginal community and the private sector to work in “genuine partnership and ensure that the next generation of Aboriginal boys have the opportunity to reach their full potential in all areas of life.”