Chil­dren from Manyal­lu­luk loved first snow ex­pe­ri­ence

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

SEVEN chil­dren from the re­mote North­ern Ter­ri­tory Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity, Manyal­lu­luk, vis­ited Mt Buller last week and saw snow for the first time.

Mt Buller busi­nesses worked to­gether to give the chil­dren warm cloth­ing, trans­port and equip­ment rental to make it a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence, and the ex­cited chil­dren em­braced the chal­lenge of a ‘First Timers’ les­son at the Mt Buller Ski & Snow­board School.

The chil­dren were over­joyed by their first snow ex­pe­ri­ence and thrilled to dis­cover their fin­gers would not fall off “if they got too cold”.

Gen­eral man­ager of Buller Ski Lifts, Lau­rie Blampied wel­comed the visit and was pleased the re­sort was able to sup­port the chil­dren.

“We are de­lighted to have been able to play a part in sup­port­ing this first snow ex­pe­ri­ence for a spe­cial group of kids who’ve trav­elled a huge dis­tance to visit Mt Buller,” he said.

“I am sure they will cre­ate mem­o­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences from this visit that will stay with them for life and Buller Ski Lifts is happy to have been able to help make that hap­pen along with so many other gen­er­ous com­mu­nity mem­bers and busi­nesses.”

Lo­cated roughly 500kms south east of Dar­win, life in Manyal­laluk is very iso­lated and means chil­dren have lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence out­side their re­mote com­mu­nity.

Teacher Stephanie Baker wished to ex­pand the chil­dren’s hori­zons through a trip to Mel­bourne, pro­vid­ing them with a story to tell for the rest of their lives.

Ms Baker also has fam­ily in Mans­field and the chil­dren stayed with the Bak­ers while in the high coun­try.

Be­yond their visit to Mt Buller, the chil­dren also spent time at the Mel­bourne Zoo and saw a live pro­duc­tion of “The Lion King”.

The t rip was l argely funded through fundrais­ing ef­forts and spanned 10 days through­out the end of July and early Au­gust.

JAMIESON res­i­dents, fam­ily, friends and Alpine Car Club Jamieson mem­bers at­tended the cel­e­bra­tion of Ken Foster’s life last Thurs­day. Ken, a much loved mem­ber of the Jamieson com­mu­nity, passed away re­cently. Fol­low­ing the ser­vice in the Jamieson...

PHOTO: An­drew Rail­ton, Mt Buller

HAV­ING FUN: Chil­dren from North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s re­mote Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity Manyal­lu­luk, en­joyed the snow ex­pe­ri­ence on Mt Buller with ski in­struc­tor Matej Sabol.

QUIZ MASTER: Jamieson’s Cr Rus­sell Bate played quiz master at the breast can­cer fundraiser trivia night on Satur­day – here with Sabina Net­tle­ton.

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