Mural, mural on the wall

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Participants in the Back on Track program complete a vibrant new mural at Anglicare NT’s Garraworra Supported Transitional Accommodation complex in Berrimah.

To mark the start of this year’s NAIDOC Week celebrations, young people have brought a burst of colour to a communal laundry block at Anglicare NT’s Garraworra Supported Transitional Accommodation complex.

The vibrant new mural was designed and painted by participants in the #U-Turn program, which provides an opportunity for at-risk young people to get their lives back on track and give back to their community as an alternative to detention.

Phil Coyle, Manager of Anglicare NT’s #U-Turn program, said the activity offers an intervention strategy aimed at directing young people away from the justice system and reintegrating them back into the community.

“Participants in our #U-Turn program have done a fantastic job transforming what was previously a dull and lifeless space, into a vibrant hub which will be used by all residents here at Garraworra,” he said.

“In keeping with this year’s NAIDOC Week celebrations, our young people have incorporated colours and symbols into the design which represent their culture and depict local traditional knowledge,” he added.

Territory Families, Housing and Communities Youth Justice General Manager Michael Hebb said that in the last financial year, the Northern Territory Government has invested $6.4 million across 5 regions in the delivery of the Back on Track Program.

“Through these programs, our Youth Outreach and Re-Engagement teams work alongside specialised service providers to respond to the complex needs of young people and reduce their offending behaviours,” he said.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme calls upon the community to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and continue fighting for systematic change.

“By recognising the theme of this year’s NAIDOC celebrations, this mural as an example for our young people of how positive actions can have permanent impacts on our communities,” Mr Hebb said.

Mural on building

Phil Coyle standing in front of mural
Caption: Phil Coyle, Manager of Anglicare NT’s #U-Turn program, says the young people involved the mural’s creation incorporated elements of their culture and community into the colours and design.

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