Bundjalarms travel to Newcastle for NSW competition

The Bundjalarm Netball team at the NSW Aboriginal Netball Carnival last weekend.
The Bundjalarm Netball team at the NSW Aboriginal Netball Carnival last weekend. Contributed

THE local Bundjalarm Netball team have had a helping hand from Transport for NSW to get them to a state-wide netball carnival.

Last weekend hundreds of indigenous netballers converged on Newcastle to showcase their skills, have fun and help maintain their physical and mental health at the NSW Aboriginal Netball Carnival.

But, from Lismore, the almost 600km trip makes getting to the carnival difficult.

Through the Stronger Women program, Transport for NSW worked with the Bundjalarm Netball team to help them get to Newcastle.

The Bundjalarms netball team is a health promotion project that has arisen through the connection between a group of Aboriginal people, health and public sector workers and community members who shared the belief that sport can be instrumental in creating positive change for people and communities.

The program began in 2012 and has gone from strength to strength with 32 women between the ages of 10 - 38 years now part of the team representing the larger Bundjalarms group for the Indigenous tournament.

Treasurer of the Bundjalarm program Georgina Cohen said that group nurtures self-esteem and builds both peer support and fitness.

"Being able to take part in the carnival in Newcastle is a huge thing for these women and it was a fantastic reward for all the hard work they have put in while building new relationships with Aboriginal players and families from across the state", Ms Cohen said.

The participants of this group were provided with community resources, healthy nutrition and toiletry packs while away for the weekend and attended a social team building activity.

"Transport for NSW provided us with a chartered coach and a professional driver but the women participating paid half the cost," Ms Cohen said.

"We really appreciate the support from Transport for NSW in getting us to Newcastle with safe and reliable transport."

The funding announced today is part of the Governments Regional Transport Coordination Program which provides funding for community group projects that improve transport results for residents living in some of the state's most isolated areas.
 



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