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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 has the capacity to house up to 14 participants who reside at the Centre on a voluntary basis for one school term.

Tirkandi Inaburra will assess each application in accordance with clear eligibility criteria.

Tirkandi Inaburra’s program targets Aboriginal boys who demonstrate potential but are just starting to disengage from family, school or community and/or may be at risk of having contact with the criminal justice system, need academic support, need self identity or cultural identity as well as social and emotional wellbeing.

Tirkandi Inaburra aims to teach young people:

>. how to make better decisions
>. develop strategies to deal with their problems
>. develop and draw on their own resilience in order to take responsibility for their own lives
>. the importance of their culture
>. how to minimise the risk of having contact with the criminal justice system
>. how to remain engaged in full time school, study or work

Participants at Tirkandi Inaburra will be engaged in structured and challenging activities that

>. are designed to develop their educational and developmental needs
>. strengthen cultural and personal identity
>. build confidence and resilience
>. promote cultural pride

Each participant at Tirkandi Inaburra has a Personal Learning Plan and a Case Plan designed to build on the participant’s strengths and identify weaknesses.

Tirkandi Inaburra will foster a welcoming environment and ongoing communication between the participant and his family and/or carer. Families are strongly encouraged to visit their sons throughout the program and will provide accommodation free of charge in four fully self contained units on site.

Families, Aboriginal elders and Aboriginal community members are critical in the support needed by our young people when they graduate from the program and return to their community. Graduates will still require support to stay on track and to maintain their learning from Tirkandi Inaburra.

Tirkandi Inaburra ensures that all rights of all participants are upheld at all times.
Aboriginal community control and leadership ensure programs are culturally appropriate and effectively respond to the needs of the participants and their communities.

Tirkandi Inaburra ensures transparent and accountable management and abides by government guidelines and requirements in relation to;

>. child protection
>. performance standards
>. financial management
>. privacy and confidentiality
>. human resource management
>. complaints handling