Travel Program

A key component of the programs that g-oz offers is the opportunity for selected participants from Halls Creek, Carnarvon and Lockhart River to travel to the capital cities of Australia to share in cultural exchange with peer-aged members of the Australian Girls Choir (AGC) choristers and their families. Since 2010, 50 girls from Halls Creek have travelled to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney and 32 girls from Carnarvon have travelled to Adelaide, Perth or Sydney and 6 girls from Lockhart River have also travelled to Brisbane for the g-oz cultural exchange travel program.

In 2016, eight Carnarvon participants travelled to Sydney for a week-long tour. Highlights from their week include a visit to the Google office and the Centre for Indigenous Excellence, an interview and a sing on Koori Radio, mentoring experiences with AIME and the Sydney TAFE, visits to iconic locations including Bondi Beach and Kirribilli, attending the stage show of Aladdin, and two performances at the Sydney Opera House with the Australian Girls Choir.

A second week-long tour of Brisbane took place with eight girls from Halls Creek, and for the first time, six participants from Lockhart River. Highlights from the week included a visit to the CUBE at QUT, Springfield and Hymba Yumba, a dance workshop with and performance by the Queensland Ballet, an afternoon tea with our Patron, Quentin Bryce AD CVO and time with the Governor of Queensland, attending the stage show of Matilda and a special performance by graduating students from the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, and also involvement in two performances at Queensland Performing Arts Centre with the Australian Girls Choir.

We would like to sincerely thank the AGC families who hosted the girls during these weeks. The g-oz girls were overwhelmed by the warmth and hospitality of the AGC host families and spoke of the delicious dinners, the fun extra activities and the wonderful friendships they formed with the AGC choristers and their families.

The experience of the Platt family is one that was echoed by all families who kindly hosted the girls.

“We thoroughly enjoyed having Zeta and Lakisha stay with us, there were tears in our house when they left, we all, but particularly our daughter Georgia, formed a close bond with the girls that I am sure will last for a very long time. Both Zeta and Lakisha were polite, thoughtful, entertaining and appreciative. We have many fond and some quite hilarious memories of the girls, Zeta ice skating was hilarious, quite the talent though! “

 Sarah Platt, AGC Sydney Host

 We would also like to thank Carnarvon Community College, Halls Creek District High School and Lockhart River State School for their significant contribution to each trip. Each school funds the travel, accommodation and salary of a staff member to accompany the girls to provide support to the g-oz team. The year, we had our first Shooting Stars staff member join us as a starting point in our collaboration with them; we plan to work closely with this organisation which uses netball as an education tool in the same way as we use performing arts.
 
The administration of the travel program is funded entirely by g-oz program grants not by donations. In 2017, with support from the g-oz community, we plan to increase the number of girls involved in the travel program.