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Shining in the Kimberley: Celebrating 10 years in Halls Creek

  • Organisation:

    Girls from Oz

  • ABN or Auspicing Organisation:

    36143922347

  • Scope of Activity:

    Regional

  • Geographic Location:

    Halls Creek, WA

  • Target Groups:

    Indigenous
    Rural / Regional
    Adolescents

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Funding Information

  • Total Funding Required (AUD):

    69,530

  • Current Funding (AUD):

    46,760

  • Funding Needed (AUD):

    22,770

  • Tax Deductability Status (DGR):

    Yes

  • Tax Concession Status (TCC):

    Yes

  • DGR Additional Information:

    DGR-1 status

  • Other Funding Partners:

    LOUD Films, Australian School of Performing Arts, Girls from Oz Trust

Project Information

  • Project Commencement Date:
  • 01 May 2019
  • Project Completion Date:
  • 01 June 2019
  • What issues are addressed?:
  • This project seeks to address the lack of opportunity for girls in Halls Creek (HC) to pursue education in their own town. A debilitating culture of ‘shame’ exists among young women in HC that prevents them from demonstrating their true capabilities. g-oz was started to address a lack of educational engagement and to provide girls with a positive and nurturing setting in which to set goals and pursue challenges. Prior to g-oz’s introduction, opportunities existed for boys but nothing had been established to address the distinct challenges facing girls. In the 9 years since we began working in HC, there has been a palpable shift in girls’ engagement. They are displaying a strong desire to be successful both at home and away, and to communicate their culture with pride. g-oz is well-equipped to undertake this project due to our track record – we have undertaken 36 week-long intensives over the last 9 years and had 79 HC girls involved in 9 Travel Programs.
  • Project Description:
  • 2019 will mark our 10th year of working with the people of HC to grow happy, confident and determined young women. To celebrate, we wish to bring together at least 20 girls from Halls Creek District High School (HCDHS) and 10 members of the Australian Girls Choir (AGC) in May for a week-long cultural exchange in the Kimberley. Culminating in a performance at the Ord Valley Muster in Kununurra, this two-way learning experience will provide HC girls with the opportunity to be mentored by peer-aged role models and senior performing arts specialists from Australia’s capital cities as they rehearse and perform 5 pieces, including ‘Kimberley Backroads’ by local artist Peter Brandy. Professional filming will take place in stunning locations across the Kimberley as part of a documentary. By involving AGC girls, g-oz aims to give HC girls the opportunity to shine in their own community and host ‘city kids’ with pride. g-oz Patron, Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, is aiming to visit HC at this time.
  • Alleviating suffering / disadvantage?:
  • The 2016 national census ranked HC as the second most socio-economic disadvantaged area in WA. Girls in HC are particularly vulnerable to welfare-based, dysfunctional lifestyles. The unemployment rate is almost triple the national average. Over the last 9 years g-oz has seen the impact of providing young women with a safe ‘girls only’ space in which to actively take part in a range of educational activities designed to instil positive attitudes towards learning. Since 2015, secondary school attendance has increased from 47.2% to 54.5%. This statistic reflects our program’s role in encouraging students to engage in their schooling. Beyond learning performing arts skills, participants are taught the value of commitment, goal-setting and resilience, which is integral to pursuing further education and employment opportunities that will ultimately lead to improved quality of life. Of the 79 HC girls who have participated in Travel Programs, 81% are still engaged in education or employment.
  • Changing Policy, Practices & Systems?:
  • We aim to empower girls to try new activities and tackle challenges head on. Our goal is to circumvent intergenerational disadvantage through engagement in performing arts education. g-oz is committed to building the capacity of girls and young women to make changes in their own environment before issues become entrenched and cyclical. The community has grown used to various groups committing to short-term aid which inevitably leaves students feeling neglected. g-oz is a long-term program providing stability and consistency for girls so they can feel comfortable engaging in positive risk-taking. By bringing peer-aged AGC choristers to HC there will be room to progress the positive attitudes that have been developed over many years. We believe pathways to reconciliation in Australia will benefit from two-way teaching and learning between groups of young leaders – g-oz and AGC, remote and urban, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal – and will elicit significant change.
  • Investing in or empowering women?:
  • Through this project, g-oz provides an opportunity for 2 disparate groups of young women to share differences in culture, heritage and experience. The aim is for HC girls to feel empowered to pursue social, educational and employment opportunities that may never have occurred to them. Conversation, friendship and a sense of belonging are critical to the development of all young people, especially females, and g-oz recognises that when you educate girls you invest in intergenerational change. The girls we reach will be the mothers of tomorrow. There is a multiplier effect when we work to improve the lives of girls and young women; as their life circumstances improve, so do those of their children and their children’s children. Important outcomes include growth in self-confidence, well developed communication skills, opportunities to explore life possibilities and the chance to be inspired by an array of positive female role models from across Australia.
  • Media / Promotion?:
  • We will devise a publicity campaign across our social/digital media platforms. g-oz social media attracts approximately 2140 followers (Facebook 1300, Instagram 840). The AGC has g-oz as their charity partner and reaches a social media audience of approximately 15100 (Instagram 4100, Facebook 11000). We will engage in cross-promotional efforts with the Ord Valley Muster to expand our reach to their social media following of approximately 6800 (Instagram 1500, Facebook 5300). Articles and photos will be uploaded to g-oz’s newly redesigned website and disseminated to thousands of g-oz supporters via email. We will reach out to various media outlets ahead of the tour; urban publications (the Australian, the Age, Herald Sun, Courier Mail) and regional newspapers (Halls Creek Herald, Kimberley Echo). We will organise radio interviews (local 6PRK, ABC Kimberley) and are hopeful that Ms Bryce’s involvement will attract some media attention. She is the best possible advocate for our work.
  • How is success evaluated / measured?:
  • g-oz will use the Most Significant Change methodology to evaluate the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and impact of this project. Data collection will involve semi-structured interviews with diverse stakeholders. This style of evaluation will work particularly well with the predominantly teenaged beneficiaries, some of whom have limited literacy. Immediate post-project evaluation will take place in June 2019 to assess the short term impact of the tour. This will include reports compiled by g-oz touring staff, interviews conducted with AGC and Halls Creek participants, interviews conducted with other community members and stakeholders. At this time, documentary footage will also enter the post-production phase. In the year following, g-oz will conduct follow up evaluation by investigating longer term outcomes for Halls Creek participants including school attendance/completion and educational, vocational and employment pathways followed.

Contact Information

  • Contact Person:

    Nicole Muir AM - Chair

  • Email:

    nicole@girlsfromoz.org.au

  • Website:

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  • Phone:

    03 9001 1885