OTYP in Balranald
Located in a semi-desert area crossing the Murrumbidgee River, Balranald has a population of around 1,200. Agriculture includes charcoal production, sheep farming and some irrigated cropping. Interestingly, Australia’s first telephone was installed at nearby “Yanga” station. More recently however, OTYP ran ‘BYO Grown-Up’ which was a series of two-week school-holiday workshops, running through January 2012. Each young participant brought to the workshops at some point an adult who belongs to them in some way; a parent, grandparent, older sibling or other relative, carer, neighbour or friend.