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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 aims to serve Aboriginal boys aged 12-15 from the following communities:

Tirkandi Inaburra has a rotating intake policy and has divided its catchment area into four quadrants. This means that one “quadrant” is targeted each term and the majority of boys selected will come from that quadrant. The four quadrants are shown on the map of the catchment area below.




Tirkandi Inaburra is located near the town of Griffith shown in red. Click here for a map showing how to get to Tirkandi Inaburra. Tirkandi Inaburra has a clearly defined catchment area. The catchment has been divided into quadrants. Tirkandi Inaburra services over 60 towns within the catchment boundaries and the catchment covers the majority of the Wiradjuri nation.