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The project was started by Surfing Far North Coast and the local Arakwal Indigenous community. Byron Bay is the most easterly point of mainland Australia. Through the programme, young people from Arakwal come together and learn to surf.
In addition to surf exercises, participants undergo a cultural programme and discover more about their heritage and the local area. The Burra Jurra Programme also tackles some of the most pressings problems facing the Arakwal community. These include poor nutrition, alcohol abuse, drugs problems and mental health issues.
The project works with up to 150 participants annually using surfing as a tool to fight the social and personal problems affecting young people in Australia.