People living in Yarrabah can take part in a range of healthy activities aimed at making school holidays happier and healthier for families.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council would receive $18,000 in 2009-10 to run activities that will include Christmas and New Year celebrations, Survival Day and the Senior Rugby League All Black Carnival.

“School holidays are a time for family and this program goes a long way to help promote togetherness in the family,” Mr Pitt said.

“It helps community members connect to culture and gives them an alternative to the negative influences of alcohol and other substances.

“There will be attention to the health of both body and mind, with traditional art and cultural workshops, along with sporting programs, to encourage families to spend time together.”

Mr Pitt said the funding was being made available through the Queensland Government’s Alcohol and Other Substances Demand Reduction Program.

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