SPIRIT Program creating opportunities for Bourke Youth


Bourke SPIRIT Program Co-ordinator, Tracey Edwards. PHOTO TWH

The SPIRIT Program in Bourke is all about passing on skills to young people, and young people connecting with culture through learning the stories of local elders.

SPIRIT was started in 2019 by former Bourke man, Allan Clarke, who is an award-winning investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker.

Originally an acronym for “Strengthen Personal Intelligence and Radiate Initiatives Together” this community program brings young Aboriginal people together with elders to share knowledge and record stories.

Allan Clarke is a Murrawarri, and Goomeri man born and raised in Bourke, and is the patron and founder of the SPIRIT Program.

Although he is currently based in France, he would like to mentor young people in Bourke involved with SPIRIT who are interested in oral history, journalism, and filmmaking – in other words, storytelling.

He recently directed the documentary film “Bowraville Murders” that can be viewed on SBS on Demand.


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