The Bourke community gathered to celebrate all the work they have achieved through the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project on Friday 9 December 2017.
Bourke’s Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project is the first major justice reinvestment project in Australia. It aims to reduce offending and incarceration rates in the community of Bourke through community and service collaboration and reinvestment in early intervention and prevention initiatives that assist families and young people.
The celebrations focused on highlighting Bourke’s safe, smart & strong kids at Davidson oval. Kids enjoyed a BBQ, Zooper Doopers galore, arts and crafts, snow cones, a giant inflatable movie screen, and a waterslide attracting a solid line of 25+ kids for 4 hours straight.
Over 100 members of the Bourke community attended, including a variety of local participating organisation including PCYC, Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation, the Family Referral Service, Brewarrina Butchery’s, Tennant Support and Education Project, CareWest, Community Corrections, Youth Off the Streets, CentaCare, Bourke Fire Brigade, with live music by Tangled Weed and John Keally as Santa Claus.
An awards ceremony was held earlier in the day at Diggers on the Darling to thank everyone in the Bourke community that is contributing to the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project, including the working groups, the Bourke Tribal Council, the Bourke Shire Council, justice support team, Prime Minister and Cabinet, NSW Police Force, Birrang Enterprise Development Pty Ltd, Bourke Olympic Swimming Pool’s Management and other organisations supporting the Project.
The celebrations were held as part of Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week, which provides an opportunity for grassroots community groups and their philanthropic partners to showcase and promote what they have been working on together. It was so special for the Dusseldorp Forum, the Vincent Fairfax Foundation and Just Reinvest to be there to share the celebrations with the Bourke Community.
It was a fantastic celebration where the traction and impact of the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project was really felt.