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Blue Light™ is a hit with kids in WA's largest remote Aboriginal community

Published: July 03, 2023 9:04am

Since the Bidyadanga Blue Light™ Unit was established, local children and young people have loved attending events such as pool parties, movie nights, fishing trips and discos organised by local Police Officers.

Bidyadanga is located on the Kimberley coast, 1,590 kilometres north of Perth and 180 kilometres southwest of Broome. It is the largest remote Aboriginal community in WA with a population of approximately 850 residents. It is home to the Karajarri, Juwalinny, Mangala, Nyungamarta and Yulpartja language groups.

The first Blue Light™ Disco in 2021 was a huge success with over 160 children and young people attending, and the demand for activities to keep kids engaged and active has continued to grow, with over 1,000 youth attendances recorded at Blue Light™ events in Bidyadanga in the last twelve months.

Currently facilitated by Brevet Senior Sergeant Michael Sedgman and Brevet Sergeant Lani Cremer, Bidyadanga Blue Light™ events cater to the community's high percentage of young residents.

Officer Cremer said, “Everyone always leaves an event asking when the next one is! We are really fortunate to have support from stakeholders in the community and we are so grateful for Blue Light™ providing these opportunities.”