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Desert volleyball plans for Indigenous community

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 11 November 2004

The remote Indigenous community of Ltyentye Apurte will use its own red desert sand to build a beach volleyball court 1,000 kilometres from the nearest ocean.

The town, south-east of Alice Springs in central Australia, has received $850 from a Territory Government sporting grant for balls, nets and equipment.

Sport and recreation coordinator George Shorrock says young athletes took inspiration from Australia's Olympic success in the sport, but do not want to play in the heat of the day.

"Spotlights would run us into about $4,000, $5,000 possibly...I mean $850 might not sound like a heck of a lot, but we can do a fair bit with $850, but by the time the whole thing is finished it'll probably run into $5,000, $6,000," he said.

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