Success Stories

Who:
Boot Camp Participant
Age:
16
Home Town:
Townsville

“It’s done a heap. Got me back into school. Got me thinking straight. Made me realise that there’s more to care for than yourself. I was doing a lot of bad stuff, you known, thought that my family didn’t care and all that. So I did a lot of stupid stuff. I didn’t really know what I was doing with my life back then. Well I’m back in school. I just want to finish school and get a job, look after my family and other friends. The way it changed me, well, when I first came out I thought this isn’t going to help me. But after the days went by, you known, I started to realise there’s more.”

Who:
Parent of Boot Camp Participant
Home Town:
Townsville

"I truly believe with the support and mentoring he has received from your team at Beyond Billabong, he has the potential to rehabilitate. Boyd Curran and his program for the troubled youth are a godsend to parents like myself who go through a difficult journey with our children. The future is looking brighter because of Beyond Billabong, so thank you from the bottom of my heart."  

Who:
Boot Camp Participant
Age:
15
Home Town:
Atherton

“When I first came to boot camp I didn’t think I was going to like it out here. Then I got to know the staff and other participants and it began to feel like home.  Thank you to everyone for helping me learn to appreciate my life and to see good in the people around me.  I’m going to be leaving here more confident, more persistent and I promise that I won’t give up on myself.  I feel like I can be a good role model now to all my nieces and nephews as well as my friends.  This has been one of the best things I have done in my life so far and I am grateful for the opportunity.  When I leave here I want to go to school, play football again and get into athletics. And when I get home I will be looking for a job. To the boys: It was good getting to know you. Thanks for being there for me and hopefully I’ll see you again but not in Cleveland [Youth Detention Centre], we can do more than that.”

Who:
Lucinda Casey
Age:
24
Home Town:
Normanton

Lucinda is currently undertaking a Certificate 3 in Hospitality with Voyages Ayers Rock Resort

What is it that Beyond Billabong has taught you that has most helped you get where you are today? 
When I first went to Beyond Billabong I was shy but then I started getting used to everyone and got comfortable. It was good that Tanya kept in touch with me when I went home and looked for work for me and gave me the opportunity to work at the Ayers Rock Resort. I really love my job and get along with everybody here. I’m looking forward to finishing my traineeship and then moving onto a better job. 

Picture shown: Lucinda received’ Trainee of the month’ and ‘On the Job Award for Excellence in the workplace’ for the month of March. 

Who:
Kolten Wells
Age:
18
Home Town:
Normanton

Kolten is studying his Certificate III in Aged Care whilst also upholds a position as the Groundsman/Maintenance person at Kukatja Place, Aged Care Hostel in Normanton.   He recently won a local Council award for his work in the Kukatja Gardens.

How did Beyond Billabong change your life for the better?
Beyond Billabong got me into the workforce.  I learnt a lot about self-confidence and I wouldn’t be in this job without the skills I learnt at Beyond Billabong.

Who:
Vaughan Douglas
Age:
23
Home Town:
Normanton

Vaughan is currently working on Crocodile station undertaking a 12 month traineeship. He has been learning how to muster and tag cattle, as well as working with cattle in the yards and learning the tricks of the trade.  Vaughan will be part of a documentary made to encourage more Indigenous people into pastoral work.

What is it that Beyond Billabong has taught you that has most helped you get where you are today?
Zane, Jermaine and Tanya helped me to have the confidence to go for this job. They talked me through what I needed to do and say. I would like to thank everyone at Beyond Billabong for helping me get this job. When I finish here I want to go to Western Australia and complete my Certificate III.

Who:
Ashley King
Age:
35
Home Town:
Longreach

Ashley works as the groundsman at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. He helps to keep all the gardens and grounds maintained as well as helping out with tours where necessary. He is a well liked and respected member of the staff and gets along well with his colleagues.

What is it that Beyond Billabong has taught you that has most helped you get where you are today?
Beyond Billabong helped me out to get me this job.

Who:
Jazmine Skinner
Age:
18
Home Town:
Murgon

Jazmine is currently working on Crocodile station undertaking a 12 month traineeship. Some of the things she has been learning to do are mustering, tagging and all other elements of station work. She is thoroughly enjoying her time there.

What is it that Beyond Billabong has taught you that has most helped you get where you are today?
Beyond Billabong helped me to get my confidence to get a job and to make some lifelong friends.

Who:
Lisa Peckham
Age:
21
Home Town:
Mount Isa

Lisa is currently undertaking a 12 month traineeship with Xstrata Copper Mine in Mount Isa.

What is it that Beyond Billabong has taught you that has most helped you get where you are today?
I really want to thank everyone at Beyond Billabong for everything, if it wasn’t for your help I wouldn’t be where I am today. Very much appreciated.