Boyd Curran established Beyond Billabong following his work with the Waanyi people, owners of the Lawn Hill and Riversleigh Pastoral Holding Company (LHRPHC) in north west Queensland. Under Boyd’s stewardship, the LHRPHC initiated a personal development training program in 2001 for local Indigenous youth at its Riversleigh Station, which continues to achieve real outcomes for participants both personally and vocationally. The program was recognised for its outstanding achievement in 2007 with LHRPHC receiving the Queensland Premier’s Employment and Training Award at the Queensland Reconciliation Awards.
In 2009, the then Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations saw first-hand the work being undertaken at Riversleigh Station and encouraged Boyd to create an organisation that would deliver innovative programs aimed at empowering young Indigenous people across the state. Beyond Billabong was subsequently formed and began delivering life-skills and pre-vocational training programs for young people based on the core values of respect, safety and positive self-esteem. Since its inception, Beyond Billabong has gone from strength-to-strength and is now regarded as one of the county’s leading providers of pre-vocational training and support services for disadvantaged Australians.