Smarter than Smoking Active Community Program


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Under the umbrella of the “Smarter Than Smoking Active Community Program”, Garnduwa has been developing and implementing workable and sustainable sport and recreation plans in remote Kimberley communities and is working to assist the communities to become capable of delivering their own sporting and recreational activities in a structured and ongoing way.

Garnduwa, along with other key stakeholders, has been able to extend its reach by including other programs focused on developing leadership skills, self-esteem and healthier eating habits to its already existing sports programs. This is designed to positively impact on problems such as reduced school attendance, physical and mental well-being and involvement with the juvenile justice system, as well as offering employment and training opportunities.

You can read more about the Smarter than Smoking Active Community Program here.


Community Participation

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Any remote community in the Kimberley that agrees with the key priority of the program can join up by contacting their local Garnduwa office.

Currently there are 31 remote communities and 3 town site communities that are engaged in the Smarter than Smoking Active Community Project.

A Smarter than Smoking Active Community is a community that;

  • places a priority on sport and recreation as part of the community’s overall community development strategies;

  • is prepared to develop a community sport and recreation plan aimed at increasing the participation of its residents in meaningful and sustainable sport and recreational activities;

  • agrees to work with all the different agencies, groups and community stake holders to achieve the successful implementation of its sport and recreation plan;

  • wants to engage with Garnduwa to work “one-on-one” with them to “build their capacity” to deliver their own “sustainable sport and recreation programs” in a “structured manner”.

The main contribution that a community needs to make to the program is an eagerness to participate and a desire to make it work.

Then, the community nominates an Active Community Liaison who acts as a link between the community and Garnduwa. The position can be any person who is prepared to help monitor the project and act as the “go to” person for Garnduwa staff.

Garnduwa's Support


Whilst Garnduwa provides other services within the region the Active Community Project is our core program.

In general, the role of Garnduwa within the project, other than its overall coordination across the Kimberley is to:


  • To conduct a review of all community sport and recreational facilities and resources within the community and the overall accessibility of those resources.


  • To work with all appropriate community members and stakeholders within the community to assist in the development an achievable sport and recreation plan for the community ensuring that the community maintains “ownership” of the plan and that they as a community are keen to maintain the key criteria of being an Active Community.

  • To assist the community in identifying suitable Community Recreation Officers (CRO), if the opportunity exists for the community to employ them, and to also encourage and identify volunteers within the community to support the delivery of the sport and recreation plan.

  • To carry out regular community visits to support CRO’s and volunteers in their program establishment and delivery and be available to provide ongoing professional support.

  • To assist the community in identifying funding opportunities to support the project and to then offer guidance with their application process.


  • To provide appropriate accredited training and professional development opportunities for CRO’s to carry out their work and provide the same opportunities for any other community volunteers.


  • To provide a network with other communities involved in the project to offer opportunities to share or link their programs and to develop working partnerships. This would include facilitating the staging of inter-community competitions to supplement the programs contained within the local plan with particular consideration to the staging of more ”hub” activities that reduce the travel distances required by the communities.