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That's a wrap on 2017

2017 was a big and exciting year for g-oz. We marked our eighth year in Halls Creek, our fifth in Carnarvon and our second in Lockhart River, but most importantly we celebrated our 10th birthday!


In 2017 we:

  • Reached over 500 students across three program locations; Halls Creek and Carnarvon in Western Australia and Lockhart River in Far North Queensland,
  • Delivered 12 week-long Performing Arts Intensives – that’s one visit to each town per school term,
  • Ran 275 sessions in total, with participants ranging in age from 0 -17 years old,
  • Thanks to funding from 100 Women, we were able to work with the Kimberley Language Resource Centre in Halls Creek to translate and teach to students, 'Kimberley Backroads' a song by local musician Peter Brady, in local languages Kija and Jaru,
  • Invited 22 passionate and enthusiatic g-oz Instructors to deliver the program – 16 returning and 6 first time Instructors,
  • Organised five community performances – two in Halls Creek and three in Carnarvon,
  • Took 17 Halls Creek participants to Kununurra to perform at the Ord Valley Muster,
  • Had 28 Carnarvon participants perform at the TropiCOOL Festival in Carnarvon,
  • Made one surprise visit to Carnarvon to record a promotional piece and hold music for the Westpac Foundation after receiving one of their 200 Community Grants and being selected as a feature recipient of their 2017 campaign,
  • Delivered a Professional Development workshop for the teachers at Carnarvon Community College,
  • Organised our biggest Travel Program to date, both in the number of trips (3) and the number of participants (26), and
  • Ran our third Giving Circles campaign aiming to raise $40,000 by June 30; we were thrilled to raise $51,450.15!

What a year it has been. We’re already making plans for 2018 and can’t wait to see all that we can achieve in another 12 months!