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DEADLY HAIR DUDE’S MISSION TO PREVENT CRIME

- JASMINE BURKE

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.

 ??  ?? Deadly Hair Dude director Gary Strachan wants to train up hairdresse­rs across Central Australian communitie­s.
Deadly Hair Dude director Gary Strachan wants to train up hairdresse­rs across Central Australian communitie­s.

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