Uncle Robert Clancy, from the South Burnett Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation, with Deadly Ways engagement officers Emily Montgomery and Yvonne O’Neill

September 17, 2020

The Deadly Ways crew from the University Of Southern Queensland usually host camps for Indigenous high school students to allow them to enjoy a taste of university life.

But like a lot of things this year, the camps had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deadly Ways have been trying to keep in touch with local students in different ways … and this included a barbecue in Kingaroy’s Memorial Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Families had the chance to enjoy the meal, chat and relax while their children ran about and kicked a football or two.

Senior Indigenous Outreach and Engagement Officer Yvonne O’Neill told southburnett.com.au the barbecue was the culmination of a visit to the area by Deadly Ways, which also included a trip to Kingaroy State High School and the Girls Academy at Murgon State High School.

They planned to return to the South Burnett in a few weeks to run more activities at Nanango State High School and Kingaroy State High School.

Deadly Ways is a targeted program for Indigenous high school students in Years 7-12.

Yvonne said it helped to build pathways to university for the high school students as well as link into culture.

She said the program had developed a special link to Kingaroy through the efforts of  KSHS community education counsellor Toni Phillips-Petersen.

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