The Nutha Way program is currently running in Western Australia’s Goldfields region and will expand to other areas in the coming years.
Since 2020 the Nutha Way program has been running in Coolgardie, a small town 40 minutes from Kalgoorlie. Local Elders, police and community members have come together to collaborate on projects to support young people in the region. The issue that has emerged in this community is the need for young people to have a safe place to go when there is trouble at home. A property — interestingly situated next door to the police station — has been identified as a good location for a Safe Hub, and work is underway to secure funding. The group also meets each month for leadership activities and adventures on Country, and is working on a range of public art and sustainability projects.
Indigenous Leadership Coordinators, Jazmyn Yavu-Kama and Brandon Spurling, live in Kalgoorlie and are looking forward to working with kids in their community for the next phase of the Nutha Way program. We will partner with local stakeholders to facilitate the program, and Jazmyn has met with a number of interested community leaders to begin the planning process.
The Nutha Way program is partnering with the Public Transport Authority and local young people to tackle issues with fare evasion. Jane Pompey, another Millennium Kids Alumni, will work with Millennium Kids to facilitate a series of workshops with young people along the metropolitan train lines and aim to build better relationships between Transit Officers and local Indigenous young people.