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Encouraging Wadeye unity through sport

The Northern Territory Government is funding AFL NT to purchase new football jumpers for the senior and junior sides at Wadeye.

“It’s a simple gesture that could lead to positive change for Wadeye using the power of sport,” Chief Minister Adam Giles said.

“We have been told by Wadeye elders that there is a need in the community to identify good future leaders. What better way than through football.

“It is recognised that football can provide the opportunity for young people to develop leadership skills and cut through the divides between skin, clan and language groups.

“Football in particular has strong community support in Wadeye but a lack of football jumpers has been a factor driving low participation rates in the local competition. We want to change that.”

The Chief Minister and Minister Higgins were at Wadeye today meeting with locals.

Through the Wadeye Community Activity Grant Program, about $9000 has been provided to AFL NT to buy the new jumpers for the senior and junior sides.

“Jumpers will be also supplied to a team from Palumpa which it’s hoped will participate in the competition,” Local Member and Sports Minster Gary Higgins said.

“The intention is to re-introduce the Wadeye Senior League and introduce a structured junior league.”

Mr Higgins regularly visits Wadeye to discuss many of the community’s issues including sport participation.

AFL NT Regional Development Manager Wadeye, Patrick McCarthy welcomed the Government’s commitment to sport in the region.

"It's been two years since we have seen a structured senior local football competition in Wadeye and the buy-in from the local community has been fantastic,” he said.

“We hope to expand the competition to surrounding communities to include Palumpa, Nauiyu, Peppimenarti and others. This funding will allow us to buy some new guernseys for the teams."


Media Contact:

For the Chief Minister – Jon Taylor 0417 710 687

For Mr Higgins - Lorelei Fong Lim 0400 165 743