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Lack of insurance cover threatens youth performance project

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on May 12th, 2002.

The future of an indigenous performance company specialising in workshops for outback youth is under threat because it cannot get insurance cover.

The Broken Hill based Maari Ma far-west youth performance project had organised a trainer from Canada's renowned Cirque du Soleil to do workshops with Aboriginal young people.

However, these programs have now been cancelled.

Oxfam's indigenous Australia program had organised and paid for the trainer to come to Broken Hill from Canada, however when Maari Ma checked its insurance cover, they were informed that circus skills and breakdancing were no longer covered.

The trainer is now waiting for a flight home, and the entire future of the project is in doubt as they are unable to gain cover from another company.

Project officer Louise Moriarty says the development has broken the heart of some of Australia's most disadvantaged youth.

"We've been doing it for the last two and a half years and everything's been fine so there's no reason for them, they can't understand why," she said.



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