Building a new dreaming

How an Aboriginal community, and a young Sydney man with a laptop and microphone, fostered a generation of musicians, actors, dancers and film producers.

Stephen (centre) with young leaders Stanley (left) and Jobe.

Kangaroo-Sit Down

Situated on the Traditional Lands of the Wadja and Gungulu peoples, Woorabinda means Kangaroo-Sit Down.

Can you do anything with horses or music?

Migaloos (white fellas) come and go in Woorabinda. Some pop in for the day, like officials, others a few weeks or months, like maintenance crew or builders. Few stay for years.

Stephen backing up young singer Delphin Adams.(photo courtesy of the ABC).

Building trust

“From pressing ‘record’ on a laptop, you get these amazing stories and amazing young people challenging themselves to get their voices heard. They realise they do have an important story and that their story does matter, and their voices do matter,” Stephen says.

A voice

“We have eight-year-olds doing the sound engineering!” a beaming Stephen says. “It showcases the talent, resilience and strength of Woorabinda young people, to challenge themselves and grow.”

Listening, learning, sharing

“Since I’ve been in Woorabinda I’ve learnt everything that I never thought I needed to know, all the lessons that I never knew there were to learn.”

Friendships and families

The Hill family have adopted him and so too the whole community. Families from both sides have opened their homes and hearts making lifelong friendships and connections.

Vera Duncan and Fifi Miller helped organise the Woorabinda Youth Festival in 2015.

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