A new project to help Indigenous youth at risk of entering the criminal justice system has been launched in Dubbo.

The NSW Police Force developed Project Walwaay (meaning ‘young man’) to better support Aboriginal youth to ensure they didn’t end up on the wrong side of the law.

NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said he was thrilled the community had come together to make Project Walwaay happen.

“I want to thank all those who have invested their time and funds in this program to change the lives of local kids,” Mr Saunders said.

“We’ve seen an unprecedented level of support from the NSW Government, including a $12,000 grant for activities at the Dubbo PCYC.”

Some children face bigger challenges from an early age and are in danger of heading down the wrong path. Project Walwaay will provide support which may be potentially life-changing for those that embrace it. By staying on the right side of the law, these kids can take their lives in a positive direction, whether it be to secure a job, education, mentoring or work experience.

A dedicated group of officers are working with Aboriginal Elders as well as government and non-government agencies to support each participant, with activities ranging from Friday fun nights at Dubbo PCYC to sporting programs and mentor sessions.