The Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion and Senator Ian Macdonald, paid a special visit to NRL Cowboys House as part of a quick stop-over in Townsville today.
NRL Cowboys House ambassadors Johnathan Thurston and Matt Bowen along with recently retired player Ray Thompson attended the visit to escort guests through the boarding and education facility, which is currently home to students from remote Indigenous communities throughout North Queensland.
Ministers and attending guests received an update from House manager Gary Cook on the success of the academic program as students head into the tail-end of the school's final term.
Officially opened in March 2017, the House is a purpose-designed and culturally respectful facility and began accommodating students at the start of the 2017 school year, providing life-changing opportunities for some of the most disadvantaged students in the country.
Managed by the Cowboys Community Foundation, the charity arm of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, NRL Cowboys House is a joint initiative between the National Rugby League, North Queensland Cowboys, the Queensland Government and the Australian Government.