I’ve just returned from Bourke where the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment initiative continues to galvanise the community and is showing tangible signs of progress.   

While it takes time before a town like Bourke can begin to address the many complex problems that can set a child on a path to prison, the Bourke’s Men and Women’s groups are carefully rebuilding the fabric of this community.  At the same time initiatives taken by police and community service providers have delivered the greatest drop in the town’s crime rate for five years.

The overwhelming feeling of hope in Bourke is pervasive. The strongest memory I was left with is of the Men’s Group meeting at the Maranguka Community Hub, under the shade of a frangipani tree. They stand in a tight semi-circle, shoulder to shoulder, brainstorming and laughing their way through plans to support and connect young people to culture and country.

I hope you take the time to read the update from the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment project and our other partners below.

I’d also like to congratulate the irrepressible Cath Keenan who was awarded Australian Local Hero of Year for her work with the Sydney Story Factory. I encourage you to watch her inspiring story in this short video.

It is a privilege to work with partners like these to create better opportunities for young Australians.

Teya Dusseldorp, Executive Director

Bourke lowers crime rate

With limited activities for young people in Bourke over the hot summer months, community members have consistently observed a sharp increase in youth offending during the summer period each year. This summer was different thanks to a community approach that is showing great promise. 

A Parent's Perspective

I wish to introduce myself; I am a single mum raising three teenage girls, two who have the disability of being severely, profoundly deaf. Our family heritage is that of being recognised members of the Bardi tribe from the Broome/Derby region of Western Australia. At the age of 47, I have had my fair share of being a statistic in many forms.
Feature Video
In Kempsey, NSW 58.1% of young people were leaving school in year 10 or below. The people of Kempsey saw this as a vital opportunity for improvement and turned to the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation’s Early Language & Literacy Program for help. Click on the image below to watch their story.
The ALNF's Early Language & Literacy Program - Kempsey Region NSW

Facing a Fear a Story by Franco

It was another average day for Wilfried Timmons. He was working at Footlocker helping another customer find some shoes that suited her. He felt a little strange and wasn’t sure what was going on. He grabbed a pair from the shelves and asked her what her size was. She then told him she was a size 8. Wilfried walked off into the back to grab the boxes. Just before he grabbed it he saw a glimpse of a bottle. 
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