SANFL Far West Programs Coordinator Ron Redford brings new meaning to the phrase ”football is more than a game.”
And there was no better example of this when 47 students from Yalata Anangu and Oak Valley Anangu schools, enjoyed a close encounter with Southern Right Whales at Head of Bight, as a reward for their high level of school attendance.
This exciting and fun filled day was organised by staff from the two schools. The Yalata Land Management team cooked up a storm on the BBQ for lunch while Mr Redford from the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) entertained both the teachers and students.
‘’We all do it for these kids,’’ Redford said.
‘’If they keep going to school and we can widen their horizons with opportunities like this, then the sky is the limit for them when they are young adults.’’
The Head of Bight is located 78 kilometres west of Yalata, 20 kilometres to the east of the Nullarbor Roadhouse and within the Yalata Indigenous Protected Area in South Australia.
The Head of Bight Whale Watching facility offers visitors a unique opportunity to view large numbers of whales that gather there between June and October.
From the main viewing platform, the students observed whales tail slapping, breaching and rolling belly up. Several whale calves were seen with their mothers lolling about or cruising beneath the 70 metre high Bunda Cliffs.
Students also saw cutting edge technology in action, with Murdoch University researchers using drones that hovered above the whales to film identifying features.
The students also ran off some energy in the nearby pristine sand hills.
The Yalata Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) team assisted the schools with support for the students and the Community Development Programme ladies painted the story of the whales. Eyre Peninsula and Alinytjara Wilurara Natural Resource Management also assisted in organising the event.