Supporting youth in the Barkly
Rebranded as BarklyYouth, Barkly Regional Council runs Sport and Recreation programs in Tennant Creek, Ali Curung, Arlparra, Ampilatwatja, Alpurrurulam, Elliott and Wutunugurra.
These programs are run collaboratively and in partnership with other agencies that engage young people, such as the Central Australian Youth Link Up Service (CAYLUS), Barkly Regional Arts (BRA) and Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation's Sport and Recreation. These partnerships help young people living in the Barkly region to have increased opportunities to develop their self-confidence and life skills.
With a strong focus on supporting young people across the region, BarklyYouth programs recognise and respond to the vulnerability of this demographic. Programs such as nutrition, healthy eating, multi-media skills and digital media production under the Barkly Desert Culture project, cultural bush trips, arts, crafts, discos and sports including football, softball, soccer and basketball are adapted to the needs of each community.
In Tennant Creek, the drop-in centre Youth Links reopened its doors at the beginning of January 2017 following a refurbishment. With annual funding now provided by the Northern Territory Government, local youngsters continually liaise with Council to set up their own activity priorities and offer support to their peers.