Isolated children in the NT relish chance to play with others as mobile playgroup returns to Brunette Downs Races

Ella Gibson has only recognized life enjoying with her two siblings.

The six-year-old lives on Queensland’s distant Lake Nash Station close to the Northern Territory border, the place there aren’t any different youngsters for kilometres. 

However, she’s struck up a friendship with eight-year-old McKenna Blackwood, after assembly at Brunette Downs Station for its iconic annual race meet, which returned after current cancellations. 

With her closest neighbours about 90 kilometres away, she could not bear in mind the final time she performed with one other youngster who wasn’t her brother or sister.

And she’s relishing time with her new-found good friend.

“It’s actually thrilling … we lastly obtained to come and so I get to meet another youngsters and play with them,” she stated.

The two are planning to acquire rocks from all around the cattle station to promote to the 600 spectators at the races. 

Two little girls climbing a toy slide inside a large shed, with children's toys scattered around.
McKenna Blackwood enjoying with a brand new good friend at Brunette Downs.(ABC News: Michael Franchi)

Support for remoted households 

Like Ella, many children in remoted components of Australia can go weeks and even months without face-to-face contact with different children their age. 

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