Posted 25/03/2019


Could Townsville be Home to Australia’s next

Paralympic Champion?

The Red Dust Heelers Believe So!

Dates: 26th – 27th March 2019

Times: Tuesday 5 30pm – 8 30pm, Wednesday 5 30pm-8 30pm

Where: Heatley High School Cyclone Shelter

Contact: Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy 0421 870 691,

Thanks to support from International Day of People with Disability, Paralympics Australia & Outback Academy Australia have joined forces to deliver OAA’s Red Dust Heelers Program in Townsville next week.

The Red Dust Heelers is the only program that exists nationally to address the barriers to inclusion in sport and recreation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island People with disability.

1 in 5 Australians live with disability while 1 in 2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island People live with disability – however, historically, there has been very little Indigenous engagement in recreational activities, sport and Paralympic pathways.

The Heelers are Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal athletes with disabilities, some Paralympians, women and men, young and old who spread awareness of the ability of people with disability and celebrate diversity and inclusion through sharing their stories and inviting communities to try wheelchair basketball and other para-sports with them – All are welcome. This is a simple formula, that has been proven to work across the country, with Indigenous & non-Indigenous engagement, in particular from regional and remote parts of Australia increasing.

Fresh off their Invictus Games exhibition game in Sydney last year, the Heelers are also very excited to connect with their Invictus competitor friends based in Townsville and support them.

Paralympics Australia will be sending their Talent Specialist, Tim Matthews, to assess and identify people with Paralympic potential and advise them of the pathways that exist for their chosen sport.

Tuesday night the Heelers will be guest coaches for the Townsville Cyclones wheelchair basketball training session.

Wednesday night the Heelers invite all members of the Townsville community to come and try wheelchair basketball with them.

The Heelers will also be supported by the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service to bring people together to discuss how community members with disabilities could be supported further with their engagement in sport and recreation.

Helpful links

Heelers in community

Heelers at Invictus Games 

Posted 20/03/2019

Ingham Community Announcement !!!
The Ingham Hospital Health Service & TAIHS are hosting a Men’s Mini Health Expo on the 27th of March, Please see flyer attached for further details ,Attending will be guests speakers & some of our services including Deadly Choices come along for a great day of fun & activities

24th February 2019

Assistance for Residents of Townsville 

If you are suffering hardship as a result of the rain & flooding, help is available 

You may be eligible for financial or other assistance to help you get back on your feet 

Please find attached the updated community recovery brochure relating to the locations and opening times of the hubs for distribution and updating of the Task Force Group members

Come and chill out at the Youth Pop-Up, an event for young people in our community who have been affected by the floods. Grab some food at the free sausage sizzle, play some sports games and activities, and relax to live music in the chill-out zone!

Well-being support will be offered by a variety of organisations.

A bus service will also be available from flood affected areas for children over the age of 12, courtesy of PCYC. Parental consent is required.

View the PCYC bus route here. For further enquiries regarding the bus route, please call 0472 829 387.

This event is supported by:

Townsville Youth Council
PCYC Indigenous Programs
Salvation Army Youth out reach
Townsville Suicide Prevention Network
Headspace Townsville