g-oz in Lockhart River


History
In July 2015, two g-oz staff members travelled to Lockhart River to deliver a pilot program. The week was successful and now in 2016, g-oz is delivering four week-long Performing Arts Intensives in the community.

Lockhart River is a coastal Aboriginal community situated on Cape York Peninsula and is the northernmost town on the east coast of Australia. The community is one of the most economically and socially disadvantaged and remote communities in Australia. It is ranked by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as the 24th most socio-economic disadvantaged in Australia. The community faces a number of challenges; its people are largely dependent on government welfare for survival, levels of unemployment three times higher than the national average, extreme isolation with Cairns over 12 hours drive away and road closures during the December – May wet season. There is no high school in the town; children must leave the community for secondary schooling and many do not complete year 12.

The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, Girls from Oz Patron connected g-oz to the Puuya Foundation, a group working in the community with aims to empower Indigenous Australians and to build relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to close the gap.

In Lockhart River, our primary relationship is with Lockhart River State School where we reach approximately:

  • 17 junior primary girls and boys aged 6-8 years
  • 16 middle primary girls aged 8-10 years
  • 27 upper primary girls aged 10-12 years

We also work with Kuunchi Kakana, a mums and bubs program run by the Puuya Foundation and the Lockhart River youth program.


 

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