NRL Cowboys Girls House provides a springboard for success
- 29 November 2019 10:26AM
The NRL Cowboys House Girls’ Campus is supporting a great start for up to 50 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in Townsville. The Campus provides supported accommodation allowing students from remote communities to attend secondary school, underlining the government’s commitment to Closing the Gap.
The Campus represents a chance for the girls to achieve their full potential and seize opportunities that might otherwise not be available to them in their remote communities.
Thirty-one young women were welcomed ahead of the 2019 school year with the full complement of 50 students from the communities of Coen, Normanton, Mornington Island, Wujal Wujal, Hope Vale, Mareeba, Yarrabah and Cooktown, scheduled to be in place for the start of Term One in 2020.
Among the Campus’ benefits are access to specialised educational, health and emotional support and high-quality amenities. This life-changing springboard for success is backed by a strong network of partners and friends of the House, patrons, partner schools, ambassadors, volunteers, service providers and the local Townsville community.
The Queensland Government contributed $12 million under the Queensland Housing Strategy 2017–2027, Housing Construction Jobs Program towards construction of the House, which was managed by Building and Asset Services and supported more than 80 local jobs.
A further $2.5 million has been committed by the government over four years to support its continued operation.