Bidyadanga buzzing with school holiday activity

2 February 2021
The children of Bidyadanga, a remote Aboriginal community in WA’s Kimberley region, thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the recent school holidays.

Pool Manager Bernie Egan, a prominent figure in the Bidyadanga community, arranged a school holiday program for the children to keep them busy throughout the summer break.

“It’s been a busy school holidays with lots of activity going on for the school holiday program,” said Bernie. “It has been fantastic to have a Youth Hub team in Bidyadanga, helping to round up kids to participate in activities both at the pool and a room at the recreation centre.”

Amy from Boab Health talking to Bidyadanga childrenThe kids enjoyed a visit from Amy at Boab Health, who helps to promote the Payla Mayi (good food) initiative in the community. As part of Amy’s visit, the children helped to prepare a meal of chicken and salad wraps followed by muesli yoghurt cups for dessert which was enjoyed by all.

Other activities have included games days and sporting activities such as water polo and volleyball. 

The favourite activity by far was the Aqua Run – a giant inflatable obstacle course at the community pool. The Aqua Run has been featuring at the pool “twice a week with awesome support from the WA Police who have assisted with supervision,” said Bernie.

“All up it’s been a hot school holiday, so the pool has very much been a welcome relief from the heat.” The kids enjoyed one last hurrah with a final pool party to wrap things up, the Aqua Run no doubt making a popular appearance.

The Bidyadanga pool is part of the Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools program which is managed by Royal Life Saving WA and funded chiefly through the Department of Communities. Learn more about the program at the link below.
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