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The Barkly Shire Council and the Central Australian youth link up service (CAYLUS) developed a program for young people and children in the Northern Territory (NT). The Alpurrurulam skateboard program was held in Alpurrurulam, also known as Lake Nash, a small community 600km from Tennant Creek in the NT and 20km from the Queensland border. Alpurrurulam, with less than 400 residents, is a community where petrol sniffing has been a long-term issue.
The program was part of a larger project designed to discourage young people from taking up petrol sniffing. The program aimed to teach young people about skateboarding by running workshops conducted by former professional skateboarders. In doing so, it was hoped that the experience would also encourage life skills.
The program's run in Alpurrurulam was successful, with over 70 young people participating in the workshops. More workshops have been proposed in most of the communities in the Barkly Shire, NT.
Abstract adapted from Alpurrurulam Youth
Barkly Shire Council
41 Peko Road
Tennant Creek NT 0860
PO Box 821
Tennant Creek NT 0861
Ph: (08) 8962 0000
Fax: (08) 8962 1801