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Gunbalanya holiday program a success
A partnership between West Arnhem Regional Council, the Adjumarrial Aboriginal Corporation and Northern Territory Government resulted in the first school holiday program for the Gunbalanya community.
During the extended six week dry season holidays, more than 100 young people participated in a variety of activities from sports and health sessions to workshops in circus skills, dance and music.
The Council established a solid partnership on the ground with a youth peer support group from Top End Health Service’s ‘Growing a Smoke Free Generation’ program who worked together for the first time.
Since 2011, the Gunbalanya School has enjoyed an extended six week dry season holiday, a determination that supports local decision making around community needs. During the wet in December and January, the school has only a two week holiday break as the community is flood bound.