DEADLY HAIR DUDE’S MISSION TO PREVENT CRIME
INDIGENOUS communities across Central Australia could have qualified hairdressers on hand in the future, with plans in place to offer training in remote schools.
Deadly Hair Dude director Gary Strachan is a Darwinbased barber on a mission to prevent youth crime by broadening employment prospects in training young Indigenous people in the art of all things hair. The Deadly Hair program sees youth trained in Certificate II in Hairdressing and Mr Strachan travels in a van to offer the training in communities all over the Territory. In July, he visited Alice Springs and saw a gap in the market for training school aged kids in hairdressing and has since applied for the federal government’s Safer Communities Fund, which targets organisations with experience in providing early intervention activities to youth at high risk to prevent them from engaging in criminal activity or anti-social behaviour.
“We want to work with the schools, so when students finish Year 12 they’ve got a Certificate II in hairdressing,” Mr Strachan said. If approved for funding, the VET program would be piloted for 12 months at nine schools across Alice Springs, Willowra Tennant Creek, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tiwi Islands, Wadeye and Gunbalanya.